Anuna Christmas Songs

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CD Details

  • Released: October 5, 2004
  • Label: Koch Records

Tracks:

  • 1.Away in a Manger
  • 2.The Wexford Carol
  • 3.The First Day
  • 4.R¡u R¡u
  • 5.Silent Night
  • 6.The Coventry Carol
  • 7.Codhla¡m Go Suan
  • 8.Christmas Day Is Come
  • 9.Winter, Fire and Snow
  • 10.Pie Jesu
  • 11.Hymn to the Virgin
  • 12.O Holy Night
  • 13.Ther Is No Ros

Product Description:

Personnel: John McGlynn (guitar); Dennis Kelly (harp); Anne Marie O'Farrell (irish harp); Aingeala DeBurca (violin); Michael McGlynn (tin whistle); Paul Maher (percussion).
Recording information: WindMill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland (1994-2002).
Director: Michael McGlynn.
Photographers: Julia Hember; Andrew McGlynn; John McGlynn.
Translator: John Sullivan Dwight.
Arranger: Michael McGlynn.
Internationally lauded contemporary Celtic vocal ensemble Anuna, best known stateside as the original Riverdance choir, lend their ghostly voices to the holiday genre with the Christmas-themed Winter Songs. The choir, led by sibling directors Michael and John McGlynn, downplay the "sing-songy" aspects of classic carols like "Away in a Manger" and "Silent Night," filling them instead with complex harmonies that recall Bacharach and the Beach Boys. That's not to say that they ignore the season's emotional weight -- ancient Irish hymns like the gorgeous "Codhlaim Go Suan" are steeped in modal simplicity -- but there is a definite 1960s Robert Shaw Chorale feel to the more recognizable selections that gives Winter Songs an easy listening, new age feel without the keyboards softness. Fans of Enya, Loreena McKennitt and most notably Clannad, the act in which Anuna seems most reverent to, will find this unique collection a soothing addition to a night of quiet, fire-lit reverie. [Winter Songs was re-released unchanged in 2004 as Christmas Songs on Koch Records]. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  • UPC: 099923955429
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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