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Virgins Lament Title
(Caoineadh na Maighdine)
Virgins Lament

   
             

Among the Irish, a religious song is not merely a musical event. Like the Irish soul, it is extraordinarily complex: simultaneously expressing elation and mourning, regret and hope, fear and joy. The Virgin's Lament uniquely documents Ireland's thousand-year-old tradition of spiritual song, a heritage unique in the Western world, joining, both pagan and Christian elements. Recorded in the pristine acoustical setting of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick, The Virgin's Lament features two of Ireland's most precious musical treasures: the angelic soprano Nóirín Ní Riain, and the stirring voices of the Benedictine monks of Glenstal. From the Latin plainchant of Dextera Domini to An Caoineadh, a pagan lament for the dead; from medieval ballads concerning the "Passion," to the traditional Christmas carol The Darkest Midnight; here is a blessing for the ears straight from the "Island of Saints and Scholars." (direct quote from back of CD jacket)


1.
Caoineadh Mhuire (Mary's Keen)


2.
Gol na dTri Muire (The Weeping of the Three Marys)


3.
The Darkest Midnight


4.
Seacht nDólás na Maighdine Muire - Cúige Chonnacht (The Seven Sorrow of the Virgin Mary I)


5.
An Bhainis Phósta a Bhi i gCána (The Wedding Feast of Cana)


6.
Seacht nDólás na Maighdine Muire - Cúige Chonnacht (The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary II)


7.
An Caoineadgh (The Keen)


8.
Caoineadh na hAoine (Friday Lament)


9.
Pósadh Naofa Cána


10. Dextera Domini (The Lord's Right Hand)


11.
Caoineadh na Maighdine (The Blessed Virgin's Keening)
             
             
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