Rosa Mundi Paul Lewis
Taizé - Music of Unity and Peace (Album trailer long)
Chants and prayers from a unique religious community. Classic FM Album of the Week, 9 March 2015.
The Taizé Community is an order based in Burgundy, France, composed of more than 100 Protestant and Catholic monks. Founded 75 years ago, it attracts more than 100,000 young pilgrims from around the world each year who come for prayer, study, communal work - and the famous music.
Sung prayers play a central role in the life of the Taizé community. The music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon.
This recording – Taizé's first collaboration with a major record label – is an uplifting collection of the most beautiful chants and songs of the community, performed by the brothers themselves along with a hand-picked choir of young visitors who sing and play instruments.
It is certainly gently calming and relaxing, sometimes hypnotic, music – beautifully recorded.