Thursday, 5 January 2012

Why art thou amazed?



Tried to post this yesterday, but ad trouble wiv me widget. We have passed the point in the Christian calendar at which this piece would be appropriate, but since I don't believe a word of it anyway, let's not worry about that. It's not Twelfth Night until tomorrow so we can still have Christmas songs until then, and this is light years away from Noddy Sodding Holder or frigging bloody Wizzard. Here, Soeur Marie Keyrouz performs the song Li-madha ta'jabina ya Mariam? 'Why art thou Amazed, O Mary?' i.e., that thou hast not known man, but art yet up the duff, and art like, 'why me?', yeah? It does strain the credulity a bit, let's admit it.

However... Soeur Marie sings the Kathisma of the Office of the Nativity from the Byzantine Melkite tradition with such heart-stopping intensity and technical accomplishment that we can forget the crassness of commercialised Christmas, the absurdity of the story and the horrors perpetrated in its name, and ride the thermals of her astonishing voice.

Kathisme de l'Office de la Nativité (Byzantine Melkite tradition): Li-mâdhâ ta'jabina yâ Mariamu? by Soeur Marie Keyrouz/Ensemble de la Paix on GroovesharkLink

5 comments:

Bo said...

my feelings exactly!!!

ydnacblog said...

bloody gorgeous.....if I could sing like this, I wouldn't do anything else....glad it isn't 12th night yet as my Christmas tree is stil up. The lights cheer me up.

Vilges Suola said...

She is fantastic - I just ordered another CD, despite being stony. If you order them from Amazon US, they are a fraction of the price of Amazon uk.

ydnacblog said...

What's the postage from Amazon US? I love this woman...

Vilges Suola said...

I got a CD for seven quid all found. Same one was over thirty quid on Amazon UK.

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