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Pure Water by Rumi

Pure Water

Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen

by Rumi

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Running Time
1 Hr. 8 Min.
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  4.0  Stars Based on 1 rating


A 2009 Nautilus Gold Award Winner, Pure Water is Coleman Barks’ inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) by with Sufi stories & jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O’Carolan, Friesen and others. The performance captured in this recording recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi’s work was first uttered, but presents it in a distinctive contemporary setting. Coleman’s words combine with the cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen, carrying the language directly into the heart of the listener with a diverse menu of world folk melodies, Bach, and improvisation. As Rumi wrote: “What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. We know the taste of pure water…”

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great stuff, could be more accessible
Reviewer david_perasso
 August 31, 2010
This is a great collection of Rumi read by the incomparable Coleman Barks. My only complaint is that it is one, giant MP3 file. Why not break it up into a playlist, so the individual poems can be more easily accessed?

So I give it a 4 instead of a 5.

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