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C 9501 MEDITATION MUSIC: 1000 YEARS OF MEDITATIVE MUSIC (only available as digital download and streaming)

 
Smooth away physical or emotional distress with this arresting Meditation CD! Music is the language and the sound of the soul. It can convey from the inner-most-self a state of heart and mind, touching the soul and the very essence of being directly. The music on this Meditation CD transmits a deep and profound beauty that invites a state of meditation and contemplation, only then revealing its purest secrets. Beyond cultural, social or religious boundaries, this music communicates in the universal language of the heart, which does not need the mind nor the intellect to be understood and appreciated.

This is the only Meditation CD that is entirely built around early music, considered by many to be the “healing music” of our century. It contains pieces from the 10th to the 19th century, truly meditative music chronologically ordered so that, when listening to it, you can free your senses and concentrate your attention on the magical atmosphere that these pieces help to evoke and feel. The almost miraculous way in which in the first piece of our CD the Gregorian melody adapts to the text’s inflexions and nuances is a reflection of the tranquility and peace desired by monastic life. From the remote times of Gregorian tunes (10th century) up to the 19th century, represented here by a mesmerizing duet for two cellos by the German, almost forgotten composer, F.A. Kummer, this deeply beautiful music will help you to adjust your breath, focus your mind on the quite melting beauty of these repertoires and achieve the concentration needed for a fully satisfactory state of meditative relaxation.

The musical selection of our CD is absolutely ravishing: from anonymous fascinating medieval pieces to irresistible tunes by Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Purcell or Telemann, all of them performed by some of the world-wide early music stars that record for Cantus. This CD contains a number of tracks never previously released by Cantus, with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Francesco Maria Veracini, Jacques Duphly, Friedrich August Kummer, François Couperin or Antonio Vivaldi, to name but a few examples.

Our Meditation CD has been recorded entirely in naturally atmospheric venues such as churches, cathedrals, palaces and ancient castles, often at midnight for ambient sound conditions and in many occasions using only candlelight. No obstrusive recording systems have been used. In most cases a single source sound system based on a stereo microphone has been employed using no mixers at all. As a result, the music on this CD possesses an extraordinarily authentic quality that suits the persons who seeks a sophisticated musical experience. To heighten the experience, listen to the music at night when there are no foreign sounds disrupting your pleasure. Embark on a wholly satisfying journey into the world of meditation music: from celestial liturgical music to outer-wordly secular sounds.

Please note that Meditation is not available as a physical CD. You can only purchase a digital download from iTunes, Qobuz, Emusic or any other legal platform, or listen to it using streaming services like Spotify or Deezer.

Meditation: meditative music across ten centuries

  • Meditation contains 24 tracks performed by some of the greatest early music stars world-wide, such as Ensemble Gilles Binchois, La Reverdie, Les Flamboyants, Pierre Hamon, Currende, Núria Rial, Gérard Lesne & Il Seminario Musicale, Sergio Ciomei, Fabrizio Cipriani, La Venexiana, Maurizio Naddeo, Antonio Fantinuoli, Susanne Norin and many more.
  • Most of the pieces selected for this Meditation CD come from some of the best recordings published by Cantus Records, but this release also contains a good number of pieces never published by us before: works by Hildegard von Bingen (O frondens virga), François Couperin (the beginning of the 3ème leçon de ténèbres), Vivaldi (the Eja Mater from the Stabat Mater), Veracini (the Largo from his sonata op. 1 no. 7), Jacques Duphly (two beautiful Rondeaux) and Friedrich August Kummer (his allegreto melancolico, op. 105 no. 2).
 

Production information

Total time total 77:00

Booklet Including a very informative article in English written by José Carlos Cabello, artistic director of Cantus, who prepared this magnificient compilation.

Recordings Our Meditation CD has been recorded entirely in naturally atmospheric venues such as churches, cathedrals, palaces and ancient castles in different countries: France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium or Switzerland.

Engineering, editing and production Our different engineers have used no obstrusive recording systems. In most cases a single source sound system has been employed, using no mixers at all.

Executive production José Carlos Cabello (from Cantus Records, Spain) and Stefan Mager (from Dynamo House, Australia)

Cover Created from different illuminated medieval manuscripts by Stefan Mager (Australia), resized by José Carlos Cabello.

 

“***** Perfect for those nights with someone special when you want to just sit on the floor and stare at each other. The performances are glorious” (The Eye Magazine, Classical, Australia)

“CD of the Month” (3MBS Radio Station, Australia)

Please note that Meditation is not available as a physical CD. You can only purchase a digital download from iTunes, Qobuz, Emusic or any other legal platform, or listen to it using streaming services like Spotify or Deezer. Please refer to the Digital Download section.

The present CD is available in most digital platforms both in lossy (mp3) and lossless formats, and always including the complete ebooklet. If you want to purchase it in a not supported format by the mentioned platforms, or you experience any problem, please contact us at shop@cantus-records.com and we shall send you instructions on how to get it immediately.