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Cantiques de l'Orient - Hymns from Lebanon / Keyrouz, L'Ensemble de la Paix

Keyrouz,Sister Marie / Ensemble De La Paix
Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951577   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousKeyrouz, Marie, SisterWadih El-SafiP.E. Kesrouani,   ... 
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Soeur Marie Keyrouz belongs to a rare breed of musicians: a fully trained female cantor of talent, she has already achieved international fame through her recordings of oriental Christian chants, in particular those of her own branch of Christianity, the Maronite Church. In this new recording she reveals herself as a composer and a mystic poet as well as a brilliant performer. The seven sacred songs include the Magnificat and a psalm (Like as the hart): the five others are original poems on major Christian themes. Soeur Marie's special contributions are her musical settings of the Magnificat and of the last text, which deals with the soul's progress from darkness to light; and also her poem La berceuse des saints, a lullaby for the infant Read more Jesus, which contains a depth of meaning well beyond the run-of-the-mill Christmas carol. The musical style of all the songs is modelled on that of the traditional liturgy: it exists within the framework of an established modality and exploits such favoured oriental delights as the augmented second.

As regards performance, we have here yet another example of this chantress's imaginative excellence and control, combined with her usual quite extraordinary fluency. Highly recommended.

– Gramophone [7/1996], reviewing the original release

The selections on this disc are sung in Arabic.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat by Keyrouz, Marie, Sister
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Ilahi hanayta-s-sama' "My God, Thou has bowed down heaven" by Wadih El-Safi
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Ya sakban min nour "Thou, flood of light" by P.E. Kesrouani
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Amamaka "Before Thee, O Christ crucified" by M. Zaki Nassif
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Arrabou bini'amihi zayyanaki "God hath covered thee" by Wadih El-Safi
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Kama yachtaqu - Psalm 42 by Joseph Absi
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Ousa'ilu 'anka fi dhanni "I seek Thee, Lord, in my doubt" by Keyrouz, Marie, Sister
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble de la Paix
Period: 20th Century 

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