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Missa Gaia - Earth Mass

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Canticle Of Brother Sun
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Kyrie
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Beatitudes
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Mystery
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Return To Gaia
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For The Beauty Of The Earth
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Adoro Te Devote
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For The Beauty Of The Earth
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Sanctus And Benedictus
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Stained-Glass Morning
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Sun Psalm
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The Promise Of A Fisherman
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The Blue Green Hills Of Earth
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Agnus Dei
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Let Us Go Forth In Peace
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 66:00

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Interesting interpretation

davidlgibbons

This is not a new, but still relevant, re-setting of the mass that is very much the Paul Winter style. In places it does drag a little (on the recording--I imagine it would feel less so in actual performance), but there are some wonderful moments, especially the duets between instuments and animals. It is a devotional piece, that is, it is best used to meditate or pray to.

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Needs a New Rendition

pianoman09

I had never heard of Paul Winter's Missa Gaia until I downloaded this recording, and I have to say I'm disappointed. It sounds like a great piece, and yet the recording quality is quite poor; granted, it's old, and it was also recorded live in a cathedral, so the balance issues would likely be difficult to resolve. I think that this piece runs the risk of being dated in performance, and I would be more pleased with a more recent, studio recording. If you're a big '60s-'70s folk music lover, you will love it despite its recording flaws. But I think that this message is so important, especially now, as we find ourselves in an environmental crisis; Missa Gaia needs to be re-imagined and re-recorded.

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Of a "Peace"

elizabeth

This is, I think, the first Consort Live recording from The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, performed shortly after Paul Winter became an artist in residence there. Having been to Consort Solstice events, there is nothing like being there, but this recording, for me, comes as close as possible. The newer live recordings are not favorites, but this one is - perhaps the use of analog equipment for a live recording in a cathedral offers greater texture than the DAT used today. Those who are unfamiliar with orthodox Christian litugy, however, may feel "out of the loop," as this particular performance is a sung mass. Because I listen to it as a litury, of a piece, it is difficult for me to identify a particular track to try. "For the Beauty of the Earth" could be a place to start. If you know or are interested in a newer twist on the sung mass, however, this is wonderful recording to take you there.

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