Jean-Claude Mara

Gregorian Themes (Improvisations of Gregorian Chants)

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This album brings together pan pipes and a church organ to play music improvised around themes taken from Gregorian chanting. Jean-Claude Mara plays the Eastern European type of hand pipes whose breathy tones and achingly pure high notes marvelously complement the rich sound of the organ. Recorded in a French abbey, Gregorian Themes has a haunting beauty that will endear it to all who enjoy pan pipes, whether in the style of music of the Andes or that of Gheorghe Zamfir.

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