St Thomas' Music Group with Margaret Rizza - Taize Chants: Reflections For Peace

Tuesday 1st August 2000
St Thomas' Music Group with Margaret Rizza - Taize Chants: Reflections For Peace
St Thomas' Music Group with Margaret Rizza - Taize Chants: Reflections For Peace

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Alliance 1901892
RRP: £9.78

Reviewed by John Daniels

One of the joys of reviewing is receiving a CD I would never have picked myself, and finding it a gem. To paraphrase the sleevenotes, "In our busy lives it's good to have a way to be still and contemplate all that God is, and music helps." Just short of an hour long, this album has a tranquillity about it, while at the same time somehow expressing the awesomeness of God. The 12 tracks are a mix of the work of the Taize community and the group's founder Margaret Rizza. The music has a power often in inverse relationship to the brevity of the lyrics. It's amazing how one line of Latin verse, as in the excellent opening track "Sanctum Women", can be so powerful, and the lyrically very brief "Da Pacem Domine" has almost a film-like quality about it. Those who like me struggled with Latin at school never fear, translations are given and five of the tracks are in English anyway. The album was recorded not at St Thomas' Church, Sevenoaks, where the group is based, but at the nearby parish church of St Mary's Platt. If the change of venue was to achieve better acoustics, then it was well worth it. There's a beautiful atmospheric to this recording which only enhances the performances. I'd love to hear the group live.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Widar Holmedal in Norway @ 20:57 on Jan 29 2014

I want to buy this CD, but I can't find it in the shop.


Posted by dwight assenheimer in hobart tasmania australia @ 08:54 on Jul 29 2009

I thought that religious music was already dead and buried given what we hear these days under the guise of spiritual music and songs... until now! Margaret Rizza changed my opinion about modern spiritual music. May the Holy Spirit inspire her continuously!!!

Posted by Mark in DFW @ 17:44 on Jun 27 2007

The music is mesmerizing. A sudden trance came over me as the music elevated my soul. This is a must have for my music library.

Reply by Irene in California @ 00:01 on Jul 10 2015

Well written Mark. I agree. My favorite is a Celtic Blessing. I read something today that reminded me of the song. This whole CD is beautiful.

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