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Vox de Nube: Voice from the Cloud

By Noirin Ni Riain (Author)
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An authentic re-creation of medieval liturgy's most breathtaking masterworks, treasured both as spiritual statements and for their "deep healing powers." Recorded live at Glenstal Abbey, Ireland.

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During the Middle Ages, it was established among Christian mystics that God's word was directly revealed at times as Vox de Nube (Voice from the Cloud). It is in this holy tradition that Noirin Ni Riain and the monks of Glenstal Abbey offer Vox de Nube, an authentic recreation of the medieval liturgy's most penetrating masterworks -- treasured both as spiritual statements and for their "... deep healing powers". For many years Vox de Nube was available only from the Glenstal Abbey in Limerick, Ireland. There, each order was carefully hand-packed by one of the Glenstal brothers, members of a vibrant Benedictine community who preserve a thousand-year-old choral tradition. Now, this "Voice from the Cloud" has reached from a small abbey in rural Ireland to the ears of the world. With twenty chants and prayers sung in English, Gaelic, and Latin. Instrumental accompaniment with harmonium and hurdy-gurdy. Recorded live in the Glenstal Abbey.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Audiobook,   Unabridged
Studio: Sounds True, Incorporated
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 4.75"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 1, 1998
Publisher   Sounds True
ISBN  1564554503  
ISBN13  9781564554505  
UPC  600835131827  

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A substantial listening experience  Aug 25, 2007
I was looking for some Celtic music to use as a mother's day gift for my wife. We found Noirin Ni Riain's Vox De Nube to be a real pearl. We are both very pleased and have ordered a few extra CDs to give away to friends and family at Christmas time.
from heaven, of heaven, heavenly: it's like that  Oct 20, 2006
There are voices that crack glass. That's impressive, always. Noirin Ni Riain has a voice that stops you in your tracks and fills your eyes with tears and makes all that is holy to you as real as your hand. If you don't believe that, listen to ten seconds of "Magnificat cum alleluia" and see if you don't suddenly feel the impulse to drop to your knees.

Noirin Ni Riain --- in America, she'd be Noreen O'Ryan --- is not much known outside Ireland. There's a reason. As a child, she learned 1,000 traditional Irish songs in a style that's hundreds of years old. She made her first recordings with the choir of Benedictine monks at the Glenstal Abbey in Limerick, Ireland in 1979. The monks were, in essence, her record company. A very non-commercial company --- the monks filled orders but did not engage in the worldly practice of promotion.

Noirin Ni Riain was an Irish national treasure for a decade. (Sinéad O'Connor called her "my biggest influence and heroine in music.") Then she began performing outside of Ireland, often in support of peace groups. She's learned to sing the sacred music of India in Hindi and to play Indian instruments. In 2003, she earned a PhD. in theology from the University of Limerick. Her thesis subject: "Theosony," a theology she devised that marries listening to Spirit.

An Irish critic, Brendan Kennelly, nails her appeal: "Noirin Ni Riain's special magic springs from her ability to meditate coherently on the nature and consequences of her own passion for music, song and chant. She is a very conscious artist who has a direct, articulate link with her unconscious powers. The beautiful clarity of her singing and thinking is born of her intrepid ability to confront and express the complexity of her dreams, instincts, aspirations and longings. I believe that is why her genius, at once contained and soaring, creates in the listener's heart an atmosphere of serenity and calm, a peace that is all the more profound and convincing for being voiced in a world of horror, greed and compulsive destruction..."

I don't understand the words she sings. But I don't need to use the liner notes to know what they say. Her music comes across time, from a place out of time. Her voice is of this earth, and not. (The title of the CD means "voice from a cloud.") There is no arguing with it --- this music is truth, beyond judgment. And this is the most wonderful thing about it: There's no negativity. Noirin Ni Riain may knock you to the floor, but she will never fail to lift your heart to the heavens.

But I don't want to get all heavy about Noirin Ni Riain's gifts. Of course this CD will have special appeal to those who are hurt and lost and alone and feeling all of that every minute of the day. But this music can also be played for enjoyment --- in "Saint Brigid's Prayer," she sings: "I'd like to give a lake of beer to God/ I'd love the Heavenly Host/ to be tippling there/ For all eternity." So much for stuffy "church" music! (Consumer warning: There are some prayers spoken at one point. But they're not long, and they don't fatally break the mood.)

I wish I could give this CD to everyone in the world.


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