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ANÚNA

Il­lu­mi­na­tion Danú A quar­ter of a cen­tury has passed since Michael McG­lynn and his choral en­sem­ble Anúna first found voice in Trin­ity Col­lege. Their pro­file may be higher abroad than at home, but their 16th al­bum re­veals a still con­stant ap­petite for new hori­zons. Anúna’s vo­cal am­bi­tions have never been more ev­i­dent than on Il­lu­mi­na­tion, as McG­lynn dives head­long into me­dieval tales of con­flict and chivalry ( Agin­court) and, just as com­fort­ably, rein­vents the Ca­jun song ( La Chan­son de Mardi Gras). Sa­cred mu­sic still glim­mers in McG­lynn’s orig­i­nal Dormi Jesu, but the 16th-cen­tury French tra­di­tional Mignonne Al­lons is ren­dered time­less by Anúna’s bare-boned ar­range­ment. The rich­ness of their read­ing of the Scots Gaelic Fion­nghuala is a joy, as they revel in the rhyth­mic syl­la­bles of the piece. A vig­or­ous col­lec­tion, laden with sur­prises. anuna.ie

SIOB­HÁN LONG Down­load: Fion­nghuala, Agin­court

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