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Panagia
Stephan Micus
Stephan Micus

Panagia

CD | ECM | 0695302537165 | ECM 3716395 | 01-13

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About the album

Panagia is Stephan Micus’ 20th album for ECM, and it coincides with his 60th birthday in January 2013.
The Greek word Panagia is one of the names of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. In a Greek Orthodox church, it is often the Panagia that is in the apse above the altar as a fresco or mosaic. She is also frequently depicted in Byzantine icons. “For all the Greeks I know, even the most radical, it is unthinkable not to respect the Panagia,” says Micus.
Stephan Micus’ album takes six Byzantine Greek prayers and sets them in his own inimitable way with instruments he has collected in years of travels round the world. “The prayers are to the Virgin Mary,” says Micus, “but I also see this as a more universal work. It is not only Christian and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but to the female energy that is everywhere in the world. The Chinese have this concept of yin and yang, and keeping the balance between them, which is very important to me. In our time, the male energy has become too overbearing, but in ancient times the gods were predominantly female. In the last 2000 years, the three monotheistic religions have over-emphasised the male aspect. I see this album as a small contribution to changing that status quo.”

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      I Praise You, Unfading Rose
       
      06:41
    • 2
      You are the Treasure of Life
       
      05:03
    • 3
      I Praise You Lady of Passion
       
      06:26
    • 4
      You are the Life-Giving Rain
       
      07:10
    • 5
      I Praise You, Sacred Mother
       
      05:08
    • 6
      You are like Fragant Incense
       
      03:04
    • 7
      I Praise You, Sweet smelling Cypress
       
      09:07
    • 8
      You are Full of Grace
       
      06:22
    • 9
      I Praise You, Shelter of the World
       
      05:25
    • 10
      You are a Shining Spring
       
      04:29
    • 11
      I Praise You, Cloud of Light
       
      06:05
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