Sacred Music, Irish and Otherwise

The name Anuna derives from the ancient Irish name "An Uaithne," which collectively describes the three ancient types of Celtic music; lullaby, happy song, and lament (Suantrai, Geantrai and Goltrai, respectively.) This Irish group, who were the original “Riverdance” choir, blend Middle English, Scots Gaelic, Irish, Breton, Medieval Irish, Latin, and Greek choral music together in tunes ranging from folk songs to newly composed music based on ancient texts. On this New Sounds, we’ll hear from Anuna’s recent retrospective CD, along with other sacred works. Plus, selections from a stunning new release by Alexandra Montano of mostly medieval Spanish songs, called "Reflejo Medieval."

PROGRAM # 2402, Sacred Music (First aired on Tues., 4/19/05)





Jocelyn Montgomery w/David Lynch

Lux Vivens – The Music of Hildegard von Bingen

Lux Vivens [8:00]

Mammoth #354 980-183***

Les Flamboyants

Hildegard von Bingen und Birgitta von Schweden

Annuntietur In Universa Terra [4:30]

Raumklang #9802
(site is in German)

Alexandra Montano

Reflejo Medieval

Beata viscera marie virginis [3:00]

One Soul #0001*

Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek


Beata viscera [6:30]

ECM #1525** *


Essential Anuna

Carmacus Scripsit [3:30]
Kyrie [2:00]
Christus Resurgens [3:30]

Koch #9555*

Alexandra Montano

Reflejo Medieval

Cantigas de Amigo 3 [6:00]

See above.

Philip Glass

Symphony #5: Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya

The Creation of the Cosmos, excerpt [3:00]

Nonesuch #79618 ***

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