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Black Madonna

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Aug. 30 2012
By jessica
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a timeless album.
Defenitely good to hear a feminine voice.
Raw music that makes you want to dance in the wood!
The quality of the sound is great. It is rare to hear either feminine voice and percussion in christian music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatiful Sept. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
A unique album of medieval catholic culture and tradition! Wonderful orchestration and voices. An album to add to a classical music library. And to those religious minded, it shows the profound piety, devotion and trust people had in the Black Madonna of Montserrat,who they honoured with a child-like faith!
A real must-have!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Spirituality May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having a fair collection of religious and medieval music, this CD really stands out. The voices are superb, the instruments spot on, and by closing my eyes, I can just imagine the pilgrims taking up the refrains, while slowly making their way up the rocky slope to the sanctuary of Montserrat (yes, I've been there, and the Black Madonna is very special). Of particular note is the passion , the fervor and the vigor that is transmitted to the listener. I highly recommend this CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Madonna is title, not artist July 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm writing this in response to Nancy Moran's highly uninformed and inappropriate negative review of this CD. It is clear from her thoughts on the CD that she bought this disc with false expectations. Her misunderstanding, I think, stems from her confusion as to the CD's title - "Black Madonna" is not, as she seems to suppose, referring to the artist of the disc, but is a referance to the famous black madonna of Montserrat, worshipped by thousands of Spanish pilgrims in the early through mid centuries of the second millennium (and still worshipped today). This disc is by NO means an exploration of African-American culture, with which it has, obviously, no connection, and I think it was this confusion that lead to Ms. Moran's disappointment and general antipathy toward the disc. The CD is, of course, an exciting and near-perfect collection of Spanish mediaeval music, performed exquisitely by the always on target Ensemble Unicorn (one of the Naxos label's happiest discoveries). Anyone buying this CD thinking it's going to sound like jazz greats Nancy Wilson or Dinah Washington are bound to be disappointed.
But one thing puzzles me -- even after buying and listening to this CD, Ms. Moran seems to STILL have no idea what it's all about. Didn't she bother to read the CD booklet? Her review indicates that she is even still under the assumption that there is only ONE artist here (The "Black Madonna") and not a group or ensemble. I would suggest that she put her pre-conceptions aside, read the liner notes and try this disc again, it just might grow on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bigotry July 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
this moran person should actuallt call herself moron
how can so much bigotry tied up with (as usual) ignorance and deep misunderstanding be packed up in so small an instance as in an online review of a record.
i just cound't avoid sounding my disgust over such ill minded comments as the one by above mentioned.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not just some ignorant and rabid fan: I've surveyed hundreds of early music CDs in my time, and have performed a great deal of medieval music. I can assure you that Unicorn -- also known as Oni Wytars and Accentus -- is the best instrumental ensemble performing this repertory. Hands down. They rarely appear on critics' golden lists, but that's because most early music critics (and performers) are desiccated scholars and not impassioned musicians. The only reason this CD isn't perfect (unlike "Codex Faenza", which is flawless in every respect) is that the arrangements are less than historical. In medieval monophonic music, rule no. 1 about song accompaniment is that the instrumentalist must NEVER draw attention away from the voice -- go crazy with preludes and interludes, but be VERY discreet during actual singing. Since Unicorn is concerned primarily with the emotive and evocative capabilities of its instruments, it tends toward the densely orchestrated (but not to the absurd extremes of, for instance, Philip Pickett). Such an approach is not historically justified in most cases, but I'd be a desiccated scholar if I didn't reassure y'all that this CD is one hell of a fun ride.
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