Stephan Micus - Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: World Fusion, Ethnic, New Age, Neo-Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM 1551, 523 292-2 | Time: 00:47:31
Athos is a 1994 album by Stephan Micus that was released on ECM. Based on a three-day visit to Mount Athos, in it Micus tries to capture his experiences with the Greek Orthodox liturgy he experienced in the monasteries there, framing it with pieces that evoke his emotions at going to and leaving the isolated peninsula. Between them he recreates the liturgical experience of the services during his stay, in six alternating pieces of night and day. As in his other works, Micus uses a combination of traditional instruments from various cultures to capture the feel of the monastery. To emulate the Greek Orthodox tradition of not using musical instruments in their services, his pieces devoted to the nights are performed by a 22-man choir singing prayers to the Virgin Mary.