IlluminationDanú ****

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.

Download:Fionnghuala, Agincourt

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.