THE VIRGIN'S LAMENT by Noirin Ni Riain

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World Music Celtic
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United States
Nóirín Ní Riain
Release Date
September 29, 1998
Number of Discs
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Sounds True Direct

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THE VIRGIN'S LAMENT by Noirin Ni Riain

The union between the well-respected Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal is a perfect one. Ní Riain's lovely soprano tenderly chimes over the monks' deeper vocal blanket as they sing medieval Celtic religious songs in the sean nos or "old style" tradition--subtly varying enunciation and tempo. Singing in Gaelic and Latin Gregorian plainchant, Ní Riain delicately wavers and flies throughout Limerick's Glenstal Abbey, creating an angelic and purely holy atmosphere. On closer listen, it's actually the Glenstal monks who occasionally have trouble keeping up with Ní Riain's vocal mastery--through their lower, male voices provide a refreshing, grounding counterpart to her delicate, high tone. The last track, "The Blessed Virgin's Keening," offers a particular highlight of the extraordinary call-and-response littered throughout this album. One of the Glenstal monks takes the solo male vocal and the result is a lovely, repetitive, masslike conclusion to the CD. Ní Riain has also authored books on Celtic culture and Gregorian chant.
--Karen Karleski

List of Songs:
1. Caoineadh Mhuire (Mary's Keen)
2. Go! Na dTri Muire (The Weeping of The Tree Mary's)
3. The Darkest Midnight
4. Seacht nDolas Na Maighdine Muire - Uibh Rathach (The Seven Sorrows of The Virgin Mary)
5. A Bhainis Phosta A Bhi I gCana (The Wedding Feast at Cana)
6. Seacht nDolas Na Maighdine Muire - Cuige Chonnacht (The Seven Sorrows of The Virgin Mary II)
7. A Caoineadh (The Keen)
8. Caoineadh Na hAoine (Friday Lament)
9. Posadh Naofa Cana (The Holy Wedding At Cana)
10. Dextera Domini (The Lord's Right Hand)
11. Caoineadh Na Maighdine (The Blessed Virgin's Keening)  

Product Details:
Genre: World Music, 

Celtic, International, Irish Folk Music

Released Year: 1996
Style: Celtic
Artist: Nóirín Ní Riain
UPC: 600835032025
Format: CD
Playing Time: 42 min.
Producer: Michael O'Suilleabhain
Distributor: Griffin
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo
Duration: 41:55
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Composer: Sorcha Ni Ghuairim, Irish Traditional, Christmas Traditional,
Pilib O Laoghaire, Cait Ni Ghallchobhair, et al.
Audio: CD
Release Date: September 29, 1998
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Sounds True Direct