Angels and Saints at Ephesus

Angels and Saints at Ephesus

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by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
     
 
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are a community of Benedictine nuns near Kansas City, Missouri. They are not the first to succeed with liturgical music of a blandly contemplative quality, and the high-powered chart performance of both this release and its predecessor, Advent at Ephesus, may

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The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are a community of Benedictine nuns near Kansas City, Missouri. They are not the first to succeed with liturgical music of a blandly contemplative quality, and the high-powered chart performance of both this release and its predecessor, Advent at Ephesus, may be due in part to the fact that no one has filled this particular niche for a while. But they also add something to the genre, with a mixture of material intended to keep the sweet sounds from cloying into background music. Angels and Saints at Ephesus consists of pieces in English as well as Latin, in several different styles that provide an attractive progression from monophony to harmony to slightly richer shades and back again. There are chants (mostly the rhythmically straight lines of medieval sequences and hymns), Renaissance and Renaissance-style pieces by Victoria and others, and simple pieces in Romantic and late Romantic idioms. If your intent is to use this music to put yourself in a calm frame of mind, it will serve your purposes well. If you are sympathetic to the theology pursued by the Benedictines sisters themselves, they appear to have struck a balance between sensitivity to the devotional texts and precision of musical expression. Beyond these two groups, however, the music may have limited appeal; it does not engage itself with anything beyond the four walls of its narrow world. The sonic work by German producer Christopher Alder is a major contributor to the album's success.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0602537382453
catalogNumber:
001843702
Rank:
25547

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Tracks

  1. Jesu, corona Virginum, hymn  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Ambrose
  2. Emicat meridies, sequence  -  Gregorian Chant
  3. Laeta quies  -  Gregorian Chant
  4. Blessed Virgin Mary, hymn ("Virgin Wholly Marvellous", "Virgo praedicanda")  - Ephraim the Syrian  - Ephraim the Syrian
  5. Jesu dulcis memoria I, hymn  -  Gregorian Chant  - Bernard de Clairvaux
  6. Duo seraphim clamabant, motet for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria
  7. Let all mortal flesh keep silence (French)  - Christmas Traditional
  8. Christe sanctorum decus Angelorum, hymn in mode 1  -  Gregorian Chant
  9. O God of loveliness  - Alphonse Liguori  - Alphonse Liguori

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Angels and Saints at Ephesus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely stunning. I heard this on NPR and went online to check out a few tracks. This is some of the best music my ears have ever heard. I bought this one and Advent at Ephesus. Both are incredible - this one is the better of the two but OMG so incredible!! BUY IT :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to several tracks from an interview on television and found the music to be lovely and meditative. This content lifts up my soul and lowers my blood pressure, especially on those stressful days at work. Patricia