A Book of Luminous Things

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A Book of Luminous Things
Studio album by Aga Zaryan
Released June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
Recorded March–April 2011
Genre Jazz
Length 50:49
Language English
Label EMI Music Poland/Blue Note
Aga Zaryan chronology
Looking Walking Being
(2010)
A Book of Luminous Things
(2011)

A Book of Luminous Things is the fifth studio album by the Polish jazz singer Aga Zaryan. It was released on June 14, 2011 by EMI Music Poland and Blue Note Records.

The album contains twelve compositions to the poems of Czesław Miłosz and his favourite poets: Anna Świrszczyńska, Jane Hirshfield and Denise Levertov. In October, 2011 EMI Music Poland published another version of the album, called Księga olśnień (which is the Polish translation of A Book of Luminous Things) with the same songs being performed in Polish. Apart from the language, the only difference between the two versions is in the song This Only (Polish: To jedno), which in the English version is performed by Aga Zaryan as sole vocalist, while in the Polish version she was joined by Grzegorz Turnau.

Recorded at Castle Oaks Studios in Calabasas, California in spring 2011.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Composition Length
1. "Music Like Water"   Jane Hiershfield Michał Tokaj 5:11
2. "Like a He-Bear and She-Bear/ Falling Asleep/ Sleepy Eyelashes"   Anna Świrszczyńska Michał Tokaj 4:39
3. "This Only"   Czesław Miłosz Michał Tokaj 3:44
4. "Eye Mask"   Denise Levertov Michał Tokaj 2:34
5. "Autumn Quince"   Jane Hiershfield Michał Tokaj 5:48
6. "Meaning"   Czesław Miłosz Michał Tokaj 3:16
7. "A Gift"   Denise Levertov Aga Zaryan, Michał Tokaj 3:42
8. "A Parable of the Poppy"   Czesław Miłosz Aga Zaryan, Michał Tokaj 4:20
9. "I Talk to My Body"   Anna Świrszczyńska Aga Zaryan, Michał Tokaj 4:06
10. "A Song on the End of the World"   Czesław Miłosz Michał Tokaj 4:54
11. "On Prayer"   Czesław Miłosz Michał Tokaj 4:30
12. "This World"   Czesław Miłosz David Dorůžka 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Poland (ZPAV)[1] Platinum 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polish album certifications – Aga Zaryan – A Book of Luminous Things" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 

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