Anuna: Sanctus

Reviewed by Jim Logue, Jr.
by Jim Logue, Jr. | Source: GrapeVine - GVOnline.Net

Anuna:  SanctusWorld-renowned Irish choral group Anuna is back with their new CD project, "Sanctus". Four of the songs are composed by Michael McGlynn, founder of Anuna. Some tracks were previously released, but the newer recordings were done at St. Peter's Church in Drogheda and features Anuna's exquisite performances.

Anuna had a brief bit of fame providing choir work for the original Riverdance video. They have since returned to their unique style of music, performing many early works; not just from the Church, but secular songs as well. This CD, however, showcases some of their best spiritual works.


"Crucifixus" - composed by Antonio Lotti. From the Nicene Creed, in Latin "Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: passus et sepultus est." Translated, "(He was) crucified even for us, under Pontius Pilate: (he) suffered and was buried."

"Nobilis Humilis" - composed by Michael McGlynn.

"Agnus Dei" - [From "...and on Earth, Peace - a Chanticleer Mass"] - composed by Michael McGlynn.

"Mariam Matrem Virginem" - Translation, "Praise Mary, the Virgin Mother" from the "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat", the "Red Book of Montserrat", a manuscript collection of late medieval songs from the 14th century. No composer is identified for this and the other songs from that manuscript.

"Victimae" - composed by Michael McGlynn.

"Miserere Mei Deus" by Gregorio Allegri. Miserere, also called "Miserere mei, Deus" (Latin: "Have mercy on me, O God") by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri, is a setting of Psalm 51 (50) composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. It was the last of twelve falsobordone Miserere settings composed and chanted at the service since 1514 and the most popular: at some point, it became forbidden to transcribe the music and it was only allowed to be performed at those particular services, adding to the mystery surrounding it. Writing it down or performing it elsewhere was punishable by excommunication. The setting that escaped from the Vatican is actually a conflation of verses set by Gregorio Allegri around 1638 and Tommaso Bai in 1714.

"O Maria" - composed by Michael McGlynn.

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