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Ru'ia - Choral works by Ton de Leeuw; Bern Herbolsheimer; Hussein Janmohamed; Eric Banks / The Esoterics

> Priere (Prayer) - Priere (Prayer)
> Kader kic (The night of destiny) - Kader kic (The night of destiny)
> Mombasa matau meditation - Mombasa matatu meditation
> 12 Qur'anic visions - I. The names of God
> 12 Qur'anic visions - II. The messengers of blessing
> 12 Qur'anic visions - III. The book of light
> 12 Qur'anic visions - IV. The waves of darkness
> 12 Qur'anic visions - V. The miracles of creation
> 12 Qur'anic visions - VI. The balance of the soul
> 12 Qur'anic visions - VII. The day of reckoning
> 12 Qur'anic visions - VIII. The tornment of hell
> 12 Qur'anic visions - IX. The rivers of paradise
> 12 Qur'anic visions - X. The star of justice
> 12 Qur'anic visions - XI. The injustice of aggression
> 12 Qur'anic visions - XII. The paths of peace

Album Summary

>Leeuw, Ton de : Priere, for chorus
>Herbolsheimer, Bern : Kader kic (The Night of Destiny), for chorus
>Janmohamed, Hussein : Mombasa matatu, meditation for chorus
>Banks, Eric : Twelve Qur'anic Visions, for chorus
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Titled with an Arabic word meaning "dreams" or "visions," this is the first American choral CD inspired entirely by Islamic scripture and poetry. The repertoire includes: Mombasa matatu meditation by Hussein Janmohamed - wherein Muslim chant emerges from the din of urban Kenya; Bern Herbolsheimer's Kader kiç [The night of destiny] - a setting of verses about the holiest night in Ramadan; and the Islamic-inspired Prière by Ton de Leeuw. The centerpiece is an a cappella choral dreamscape by The Esoterics' founder Eric Banks entitled Twelve Qur'anic visions.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
He undertook travels, consultations with Islamic friends, and extensive research. He selected the verses for his work for their poetic beauty, universal truths, or contrast to the Judeo- Christian canon. He supplied his own translations, comparing them to authoritative translations. While the work is sung entirely in the original Arabic, listeners will be (as I was) able to follow the texts fairly easily, as they are presented line-by-line in phonetic transliterations, followed by the translation. The booklet even includes the original Arabic script.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (2007-09-29&2007-10-06&2007-).



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Works Details

>Leeuw, Ton de : Prière, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Ensemble: The Esoterics
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (2007-09-29&2007-10-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Herbolsheimer, Bern : Kader kic (The Night of Destiny), for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (2007-09-29&2007-10-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Janmohamed, Hussein : Mombasa matatu, meditation for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (2007-09-29&2007-10-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Written: 2005

>Banks, Eric : Twelve Qur'anic Visions, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eric Banks
  • Notes: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle, WA (2007-09-29&2007-10-06&2007-)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007