Anúna


Anúna

Anúna is an Irish choral group. In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded "An Uaithne", a name which describes the three ancient types of Celtic music, "Suantraí" (lullaby), "Geantraí" (happy song) and "Goltraí" (lament). One of the group's stated aims is to explore and redefine this music [http://www.anuna.ie/our_story.html] . An Uaithne became Anúna in 1991. Most of the material they perform is written or arranged specifically for the group by Michael McGlynn. He also has reconstructed and arranged a substantial amount of early Irish music, which has been recorded by the group. McGlynn's choral arrangements are written specifically for their combination of classically trained singers and untrained voices. Anúna do not work with a conductor in performance, and move throughout the venue at different points in concert. Their standard line-up is twelve to fourteen singers.

Career

Anúna became closely associated with the Riverdance phenomenon from 1994 until 1996, giving the first performance of the piece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994. They sang the opening choral section entitled "Cloudsong" with a solo by soprano Katie McMahon. Anúna won an Irish National Entertainment Award for Classical music in 1994, and were nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2000. Many of the singers who received initial training and international exposure through Anúna have gone on to achieve international prominence, including Eimear Quinn who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996, and no less than four of the soloists who have been featured on Celtic Woman. Their album Sensation released in April 2006 is an eclectic collection, with settings by McGlynn of texts by Cardinal Henry Newman, Arthur Rimbaud and Hildegard von Bingen. Anúna have recorded ten albums and been signed to many record labels including Decca, Universal, Polygram, Philips and Koch International. The CD became the number one CD in the World Music category according to Nielsen Soundscan in August 2007 [http://www.elevationgrp.com/anuna/media_07.html] .

The choir have appeared twice at the World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco in 1998 and 2002, gave the first ever Irish Prom at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1999 and have toured twenty countries since 1993. In January 2007 Anúna recorded a series of live performances in Cleveland which have been broadcast extensively on PBS across the USA. The group undertook a two month tour of the USA in Autumn 2007. 2008 sees the release in the USA of "Christmas Memories", a CD and DVD release coupled with PBS Broadcasts nationally in November and December.

Discography

Albums

* 1991 - An Uaithne (cassette only)
* 1993 - ANÚNA (re-recorded 2005)
* 1994 - Invocation (re-recorded 2002)
* 1995 - Omnis (Irish edition)+
* 1996 - Omnis (entirely re-recorded international version of the 1995 release)+
* 1996 - Deep Dead Blue (remaster 2004)
* 1997 - Behind the Closed Eye (remaster 2003)
* 2000 - Cynara
* 2002 - Winter Songs [released as Christmas Songs on Koch Records in 2004] ++
* 2003 - Essential Anúna (UK only release on Universal Records)++
* 2005 - The Best of Anúna (European edition, different track listing to Essential)++
* 2005 - Essential Anúna (US only on Koch Records)++
* 2006 - Sensation
* 2007 - Celtic Origins [CD and DVD]
* 2008 - Christmas Memories [CD and DVD]
* 2009 - Sanctus [provisional title]

+ Both albums amalgamated into a single remastered release in 2003.

++ Indicates compilation

External links

* [http://www.anuna.ie Anúna's Official Site]
* [http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=2734502 Anúna on iTunes]
* [http://www.anuna.ie/MichaelBiography.html Michael McGlynn's webpage]
* [http://www.myspace.com/anuna Anúna's MySpace page]


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