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"Michael McGlynn and Anúna have become one of the few constants of Irish music, occupying a position long vacant in that place where choral and traditional music intersect.
2002 is another impeccably assembled collection of set pieces, a welcoming gabháil that lays its table as readily for the intensely scriptural and spiritual Cormac Scripsit as the decidedly temporal Sí Do Mhaimeo í. Lead vocals come courtesy largely of Lucy Champion, Kim Lynch and Joanna Fagan, and each contribution is tangibly different...
The gender balance is somehow more striking in this collection, rooting...tunes and songs in the present, rather than in a stratospheric netherworld to which they were prone to disappear in the past.
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"There are times when listening to Anúna that one imagines having stepped into a timewarp, that magic combination of wispy solo vocal and earthy choral work capable of turning hearts of stone into pure putty. So it is with this album, a new recording of their debut, issued in celebration of 15 years together, and replete with extra tracks.
The group’s leader Michael McGlynn, has a peculiar talent for blending disparate voices, but it works beautifully, not alone with the choral pieces such as Cormacus Scripsit but also with the different timbres of the female leads. The key to everything is of course the group’s total empathy with their material, guitar, violin and percussion accentuating the power of tracks like The Raid, a 900-year-old piece, to devastating effect.
With Anúna, the worlds of choral, classical and traditional music intersect with ease, a place where heaven meets the horizon in perfect coalescence."