Voice of Longing


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In the seven centuries since the death of Jelaluddin Rumi in 1273, the world has come to know and thrill to his sacred poetry. In concert with the tabla and sitar, his writing is part of a religious tradition that is believed to excite "spiritual heroism," embracing the holiness of love, lamentation, battle, and the longing for God.

Rumi: Voice of Longing collects nearly 100 of Rumi's most memorable quatrains, presented here for the first time on two superbly remastered CD recordings. Includes musical accompaniment by Marcus Wise on tablas and David Whetstone on sitar, and a special appearance by renowned poet Robert Bly.

Translated and performed by the Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, these works echo with a spiritual complexity that defies their outward simplicity. As Sufism acknowledges the truth of other religions, so does Rumi's poetry reflect universal themes: the search for the highest truth, the mystery of surrender, the longing to overcome ego imprisonment. Rumi: Voice of Longing captures the silence, the love, and the playfulness that make each experience with this work one of sacred wonder.


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Review for Rumi Review by Silvia L

Every time i listen to Rumi thee self still wonders about its speechless beauty spoken by a exquisite voice ears to heart
It resonates

(Posted on 10/17/2014)

Review for Rumi Review by AER

I love this recitation of Rumi's sacred poetry, and have listened to it countless times. Hearing Coleman Bark's speak the thoughts, with Robert Bly contributing, made the poems come alive for me and I understood them so much more than when I just read them. The accompanying music, drumming, and vocals are amazing and haunting. I have some of Bark's other recordings of Rumi's poetry as well.

(Posted on 5/8/2014)

Review for Rumi Review by Lesley R

Thoroughly enjoyed. The combination of music and Barks voice are wonderful.

(Posted on 2/14/2013)

Review for Rumi Review by CD

Why is the music Indian? Rumi was Persian.

(Posted on 12/24/2012)

Review for Rumi Review by J. Johnson

I'm 62 & 1/2 and love it! I love to shake my booty to the beats. AweSome! 🎶👵🎶💃🎶

(Posted on 12/8/2012)

Review for Rumi Review by Mary A Hare

i sent Rumi back to you. I could not hear the poety for the back ground music which I did not like

it does not deserve a star.

(Posted on 3/2/2012)

Review for Rumi Review by Anne Winter

This leaves something to be desired. The music is too intrusive and overshadows the poetry. I didn't bother to listen to it all.

(Posted on 8/24/2011)

Review for Rumi Review by Susan Eichner

Background music terribly distracting.

(Posted on 8/15/2011)

Review for Rumi Review by George

This recording captures Coleman Barks during one of his most inspired phases. Coleman embodies the spirit of Rumi like no other! The music creates a wonderful backdrop to the reading.

(Posted on 3/22/2011)

Review for Rumi Review by diane sings

The poems are read well and are inspiring. I love drum music and syncopation but on the CD it is distracting and makes hearing the poems difficult.

(Posted on 2/23/2011)



Contents 2 CDs (150 minutes)
Date Published April 01, 2002
ISBN-10 1-56455-832-0
ISBN-13 978-1-56455-832-9
Dimensions 5 3/4 x 5 inches
Product Code AW00492D

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Contents Audio Download (150 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2002
ISBN-10 1-60407-288-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-288-4
Product Code AW00492W