About the album
Following on from his critically-acclaimed recording “Dhammapada”, Ronald Corp has again collaborated with writer Francis Booth to produce these settings of Buddhist texts, taken from the Therigatha.
These words, written around 2,500 years ago, are not only some of the earliest extant poems by women, but also the only canonical work in any religion written entirely by women. The original authors were Buddhist nuns, and the texts have been newly translated by Booth for this recording. Corp’s settings are beautiful and spiritual, capturing the essence of this Eastern religion’s words in his own Western musical voice. As a Church of England priest, Corp’s choice of text is interesting, powerful and important.
These beautiful songs, accompanied by an all-female chamber ensemble of alto flute, clarinet and viola, are beautifully performed by rising star soloists Sarah Castle and Samuel Evans.
12Part one - Lost beauty Ambapali´s song
13Part one - Lost beauty Ambapali´s song
14Part one - Lost beauty Vimala´s song
15Part one - Lost beauty Interlude 1
16Part two - Grieving mothers Kisogotami´s song
17Part two - Grieving mothers Vasitthi´s song
18Part two - Grieving mothers Interlude 2
19Part three - A woman freed Punna´s song
110Part three - A woman freed Mutta´s song
111Part three - A woman freed Patacara´s song
112Part three - A woman freed Mettika´s song
113Part three - A woman freed Interlude 3
114Part four - The temptations of Mara, the evil one Sela´s song
115Part four - The temptations of Mara, the evil one Soma´s song
116Part four - The temptations of Mara, the evil one Khema´s song
117Part four - The temptations of Mara, the evil one Uppalavanna´s song
118Part four - The temptations of Mara, the evil one Interlude 4
119Part five - Seduction Subha´s song