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Ave Maria: The Universal and Timeless Hymn

Ave Maria: The Universal and Timeless Hymn

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“Ave Maria: the universal and timeless hymn” by Dr. Marsha Long ($20.00) Latin, English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Polish, Gaelic, Hungarian, Nigerian Yoruba, Tagalog (Filippino), Greek, Arabic, Aramaic.

Playing instruments as diverse as the powerful pipe organ of St. John the Divine and the healing vibration of the ancient lyre of David, soprano Marsha Long sings Mary’s praises in fourteen languages and in styles that range from primitive chant, to opera and contemporary pop. Fully utilizing her voice that covers four octaves and drawing on her worldwide travels, she has produced a musical masterpiece that transports the listener to a world of transcendent beauty filled with heavenly melodies and soaring emotions. This CD delights the senses while nourishing the soul. The 75 minutes of music takes the listener on a journey around the globe and through two thousand years of musical styles. Whether chanting in Greek St. Luke’s original text of the angel Gabriel to Mary or singing a joyous contemporary American Pop Ave recorded in the Hit Factory in New York City, Dr. Long keeps the listener immersed in a world where the human spirit is renewed. Dr. Long’s original compositions interwoven with the universally loved classics, clearly demonstrate Mary’s power to challenge and intrigue composers of all periods, styles nationalities and races. Every track on this CD is designed to give immense pleasure, excite the imagination, aid meditation and instill a sense of absolute wonder in the listener.

Listen to this CD and see for yourself why the New York Times has called Marsha Long, “inventive…graceful…powerful”, and why Fanfare calls her “An artist who gets all the elements of her performance impeccably right… thrilling and musically compelling.” This CD is ideal for setting moods for para-liturgies, personal devotion and simply relieving the stress that is a part of contemporary life. On the CD she plays three different pipe organs including that of St. John the Divine, Hamburg and American Steinway concert grand pianos, four types of harps, Egyptian Kanoon, harpsichord, African xylophone, talking drums, Hungarian cimbalom, hand bells, cymbals and synthesizers demonstrating and astounding range of musical mastery. The Ave Marias by Bach/Gounod, Schubert, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Bottazzo, Caccini, Arcadelt, Francisco, and Landry are performed here along with eleven totally new compositions by Dr. Long. On August 11, she premiered her French Ave at Notre Dame Dame in Paris.

A very tiny taste of the music on this CD

Gregorian Chant in Organum Style Plainsong

Landry: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman

Long: An American Pop Av

Long: Dios te salve Maria

Long: Piano Improvisation on a contemporary Polish

1. Gregorian Chant Organum Style Plainsong mode 1* 1:09
2. Bach/Gounod : Ave Maria 3:03
3. Vocalise* 1:29
4. Hail Mary, Gentle Woman, Landry 2:43
5. Ave Maria, Schubert 4:00
6. An American Pop Ave* 4:01
7. Go mbeannaitear duit (Gaelic) 3:27
8. Je vous salut Maria* 2:41
9. Verdi: Ave from “Otello” 4:32
10. Dios te salve Maria* 4:21 11. Ave based on Mascagni’s Intermezzo From “Cavalliero Rusticana” 2:24
12. Harp Improvisation with French Church Bells* 2:45
13. Gegrusset seist du Maria* 2:29
14. Zdrowas Marjo* 4:05

15. Udvozlegy, Maria* 1:53
16. Latin Gregorian Chant, Plainsong Mode 1 2:02
17. Caccini :Ave Maria, 3:38
18. Bottazo: Ave Maria, Harp Solo 1:55
19. Puccini: after Ave Maria from “Suor Anglica” 3:38
20. Arcadelt/Long: Ave Maria Harp Solo 1:55
21. The Words of Gabriel (Lk 1:28 and 42) Greek Chant 2:22
22. Aramaic/Syriac Ave 1:25
23. Arabic Ave* 3:41
24. Moki O Maria (Nigerian)* 4:20
25. Fr. Francisco: Aba ginoong Maria, 1:50
26. Piano Improvisation on a contemporary Polish Ave, 3:54
27. Gregorian Chant Organum Style Plainsong mode 1* 1:09

*composed by Dr. Marsha Long

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Weight 1 lbs

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4 reviews for Ave Maria: The Universal and Timeless Hymn

  1. Fr. Benedict Groeshel

    Excellent for meditation and prayer

  2. Catholic Digest

    An album you will listen to over and over again.

  3. J.J.M. NYC

    As a media professional, world traveler, and linguist I am astonished by the talent and versatility of this artist. The faith and emotion that is captured on this CD will stir any listener who is a lover of beauty and a seeker after perfection. Every track is a mini-masterpiece and the effect of the entire CD makes the listener truly proud to be human. In a world filled with mediocrity it is refreshing to encounter an artist who apparently will settle for nothing less then perfection. Whenever, I finish listening to this CD I feel calmer, more focused and somehow closer to the divine.

  4. T. Foster Chicago

    This CD transported me from my high pressure world as a corporate lawyer to a world of bliss. Using the languages of the world both ancient and modern the artist soothed my nerves and restore my faith in the arts to heal and help. I especially loved the American Pop Ave that I play in the morning to start my day. I play the Gaelic Ave when I am stuck in rush hour traffic and need to be calmed. I play the lively Hungarian piece when I need to be stirred to action! What an accomplishment for this unique woman whose voice once heard will never be forgotten.

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