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Anu'na

Irish composer and choral director Michael McGlynn formed the chamber choir Anúna in Dublin in 1987 with the intent that it would unite the discipline of classical choral singing with the unaffected spontaneity typical of Irish folksinging. Until 1991 the group was named An Uaithne, which comes from the collective term for three types of traditional Irish song: lullaby, happy song, and lament. Its earliest repertoire was made up primarily of music from the 11th through the 16th centuries, but it has broadened considerably to include traditional songs of Irish, English, Welsh, French, and Cajun origins; Baroque polyphony; contemporary classical works; crossover collaborations with pop stars; and arrangements and original compositions by McGlynn.

Anúna came to international attention through its performance in Riverdance in 1995, and has tended to be linked to the show in the popular imagination, although its actual involvement in Riverdance was not large and the music used was not characteristic of the choir's usual work. Anúna typically performs with 12 to 14 members singing a cappella with no conductor, in costumes, and using candlelight. It has performed at Dublin's National Concert Hall, the World Festival of Sacred Music, the BBC Proms, and the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, and has toured 20 countries worldwide. The choir has performed in the premieres of works like McGlynn's Celtic Mass and Philip Hammond's Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic.

The group's recordings reflect the diversity of its repertoire and its flexibility in working in a variety of genres. Besides its work on Riverdance, Anúna has collaborated with popular artists such as the Chieftains, Clannad, the Wiggles, and Elvis Costello, and is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Diablo III. Albums such as Invocation (1994/2002), Deep Dead Blue, which was nominated for a Classical Brit Award (1999), Sensation (2006), and Sanctus (2009) feature the group's characteristic concert repertoire, much of it composed or arranged by McGlynn, as does the 2009 DVD Invocations of Ireland. Holiday albums include Winter Songs (2002), Christmas Memories (2008), and Christmas with Anúna (2011).

In 2009, Anúna initiated an outreach program featuring choral workshops that have been held in Dublin, Poland, Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands. In 2010 it officially changed its name to Anúna, Ireland's National Choir. The choir celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 with the release of the album Illumination. ~ Stephen Eddins, Rovi
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I'll tell you another absolute mind blower. Go to YouTube and pull up Riverdance. In that there are some videos done in train stations, Australia was a good one, that are filled with quite ordinary looking people going somewhere who one by one start dancing until you have a hundred people dancing in unison and it is the Riverdance cast. Wow!!!!
One thing that they did, which I would have loved to have been there for, was to have their ladies walk up the isle singing giving you a stereophonic effect. What I can imagine is placing the group around you for surround sound quadraphonic s . Wouldn't that be a trip? Ya, it would!!!
I first discovered Anu'na on their KCET special performance and have been in love with them every since. I own their Celtic Origins album through Amazon. Very ethereal, very beautiful, very theta and very celtic.
it knocks me out every time i hear it...
They make singing sound so easy!
this is one of the finer vocal groups you'll ever hear in any genre..remar k a b l e . .
not many folks do know about modality..an d I think it would be bluntley rubbish' which is a more exotic form of rubbish..any w a y , you folks sound just great..thank s for some quality adult music..
Hi - this is Anúna with an accidental leaving a note on Pandora. Some people have asked us why more of our stuff isn't available here - simple. We release physical CDs in Europe and use EAN codes. EAN codes are not acceptable by Pandora, so recent Anúna material can't be accessed as a result. Yes. It is an apostrophe. Whoever made the comment about the Butterfly Lovers obviously knows nothing about modality, and is talking, bluntly, rubbish. Thank you :-)
That's not a comma, that's an apostrophe. :P
Lets not be pompous!
I just went to Amazon and bought the album. KCET did a WAR special that sold me a couple of albums too and I love my Mannheim Steamroller American Spirit album. . DMB
I just watched an Anu'na celtic Origins concert on KCET and what an incredable find. Very theta and very home universe. DMB
What are yuns talkin bout ??
The comma is taking the place of an accent mark. It's okay. :)
If you listen to The Butterfly Lovers you will find this is the tune which has been appropriated and slightly altered. I still like it, but it's derivitive
Anuna is my favorite Celtic group ever!
Wow...I've never Dulaman like this. I like it!
What were you thinking with the Saxaphone on Annies Song? You killed it.
One of the best things to come out of the Ireland before the Celtic Tiger ever. The result of one man's total self-belief and inability to have NO said to him. Love them since THE VERY BEGINNING and they and I have grown togther.. well done and others are right: there needs to be more after "Cynara". "Sancuts" and "Invocation" are standards at this stage. Not to mention their "Live at Annadeal" which was done in Sweden about 5 years ago. (And it's ANUNA - NO comma...).
Anu'na is really talented, We need some of George Wilson's music in here. Why is the 'best contradance fiddler in the Northeast' forgotten?
Get the album Relics in here... right now it's listed under the artist Relics and the album Anuna, which is mixed up.
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