The Priests

The Priests

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The Priests

It was at St. MacNissi’s College in Derry, Ireland, where Father Eugene O’Hagen, Father Martin O’Hagen, and Father David Delargy met for the first time and realized their musical prowess as a singing trio. Nicknamed Holy Holy Holy by their peers due to their shared determination to enter the priesthood, the talented group was first noticed by a priest at their school.

After leaving St. MacNissi’s, they followed their vocation, training at The Seminary in Belfast, and The Priests concluded their studies at the revered Irish College in Rome.

While in Rome, Eugene took singing lessons with the famous Sergio Ballani, music director for the Vatican. Almost immediately their combined talent was recognized: They were invited by the Pope’s private secretary, Monseignour Magee, to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy.

The Priests’ careers overlapped once again as they all eventually returned to Ireland, where they began their work in various special ministries. Each now lives the life of a full time parish priest, tending the spiritual needs of their parishioners.

The outpouring of interest and support for the trio has shown that the world is ready for something positive and beautiful in these difficult and challenging times. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886973396926
catalogNumber: 733969
Rank: 2616

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Priests   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Brendan Monaghan   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Irish Film Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pablo Colino   Choir Conductor
Danny O'Neill   Piano
Danny O'Neill   Piano
Philharmonic Academy of Rome Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Olli Cunningham   Conductor
Accademia Filarmonica Romana Choir   Vocals
Danni O'Neill   Piano
Pablo Colino   Conductor

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Edward Elgar   Composer
César Franck   Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Jean Sibelius   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Haydn Bendall   Engineering
Sally Herbert   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Seán Ó Riada   Composer
Mike Hedges   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
William Henry Monk   Composer
Austin Ince   Engineering
Brendan Monaghan   Whistle
Enda Walsh   Studio Supervisor
Bob Chilcott   Composer
Alastair McMillan   Studio Supervisor
Traditional   Composer
Michael Keeney   Vocal Recording
Pablo Colino   Arranger,Liner Notes
Matthieu Clouard   Audio Production
Youki Yamamoto   Programming
Priests   Arranger
Adam Langston   Programming
Eugene O'Hagan   Liner Notes
Salli Isaak   Arranger
Robat Arwyn   Composer
Olli Cunningham   Programming
F.M. Alvarez   Composer
Pablo Colino   Arranger

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The Priests 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Add true faith to the Irish love for music and you have the beauty of historical works that sound truly sublime.
These tenors are incredible...
The Catholic faith is all about preserving that which is eternal as you will discover when the priests sing a 4th century hymn that my 93yr old Irish grandmother requested be sung at her funeral..Ave Maria.
This beautiful music on this album has been preserved through centuries and congratulations to the priests whose talents are part of this legacy..
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
I first heard about the Priests last summer; CNN dubbed them "New Clergymen on the Block." Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan (the two are brothers) and their childhood friend Father David Delargy are priests in the parishes of Ballyclare and Ballygowan, Cushendun, and Hannahstown in Northern Ireland. All three studied at the Irish College in Rome, and sang for Pope John Paul II as they studied for the priesthood. They were recently signed by SonyBMG in a much-publicized deal valued at one million pounds; their contract also has unique stipulations such that their respective parish duties take precedence over promotional events, or that they may opt out of any performance or commercial activity which conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Despite the proliferation of classical crossover groups and soloists, the Priests are unique. "Their brand isn't something that's been invented; it's been around for 2,000 years," says Samantha Wright, the group's manager. A portion of the proceeds go to charity. Both the concept, talented singers who also happen to be ordained priests, and the fact that the proceeds go to charity, is a refreshing change in this age of contrived commercially-oriented classical crossover acts such as Il Divo and Amici Forever.

The fourteen songs include sacred Latin hymns such as Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, and Domine Fili Unigente (from Vivaldi's Gloria) and Haydn's Mit Würd und Hoheit Angetan, in addition to more modern tracks such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting Pie Jesu (originally sung by Sarah Brightman) and Benedictus. There are two Spanish tracks and several Irish compositions, including Ag Criost An Siol and a musical setting of the familiar Irish Blessing ("May the road rise to meet you..."). Although the album is not Christmas-themed, there is a beautiful, uptempo version of "O Holy Night" in which the harmony of the three priests is woven together most magically over the shimmer of horns.

The production values are simple and understated, allowing the beauty of the songs (and of the priests' divinely gifted voices) to shine through. The beauty of the singing has nothing to do with studio wizardry or posturing; there are no glaring synthesizers or technical sleight of hand as is omnipresent in classical crossover albums these days. The music is simply a vehicle for prayer, backed sublimely by the Choir of Philharmonic Academy of Rome and was recorded in St. Peter's Basilica. The Priests themselves said it best: "When we sing, we don't simply sing. We pray."

The Priests is a work that can be appreciated on many levels whether you choose to enjoy it simply as soothing background music or as a deeper tool to aid in reflection and prayer, and its various elements come together flawlessly, from the three mesmerizing voices of Fathers Eugene, Martin, and David, to the timeless hymns and songs selected, to the traditional philharmonic arrangements and backing choir. This is a gift that will certainly be cherished by those who love sacred music (Catholics will feel right at home with several of the more traditional hymns like Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus), Irish music (there are hints of tin whistle and a touch of Irish Gaelic on Ag Criost An Siol and Irish Blessing) and by anyone who appreciates musical beauty.
Valgardena More than 1 year ago
I first saw/heard The Priests perform on PBS. They did a concert in the Cathedral of Armagh, Ireland. I was taken by their sincerity and simplicity, but also by the quality of their music. Unlike other threesomes where each is a tenor, the voices of each of these three are different. This enables a harmony that is very pleasing to the ears. If you like classical church music, you will find this album inspiring and very worthwhile.
Brigid More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD!! The 3 voices together are just amazing!! The Irish Blessing is so beautiful and peaceful. If you enjoy church music you will love this. Enjoy
dickd More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent CD! I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys listening to outstanding voices, with an outstanding symphonic orchestra. This CD sounds great in the car, or in the home. It is incredible and inspiring! I am patiently waiting for the DVD to come out, next week. I have seen previews of the DVD. It will be part of my collection as well. I have bought three copies of the CD and have given two out as gifts. The CD is that great. The harmony of these voices, coupled with the full dynamic orchestra will keep you in awe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I saw them on TV, i just knew I had to have the CD. I have nearly worn it out playing it almost every day.It is better than the 3 Tenors. Of course I HAD to say that as I am Irish also.
PeggyBrooks More than 1 year ago
This beautiful music will touch all who listens.
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I bought this for my husband & we listen to it every night as we drift off to sleep, it's so beautiful & reverent. I absolutely love it. Their voices are wonderful & blend so nicely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a stunning performance. I listened to it with the lights out and my eyes closed on my living room couch. It was a professional and satisfying experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful music - soul searching!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am no expert in music but I know something beautiful when I here it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard these priests on PBS and had to have the CD. Their voices are the most wonderful blend and they are magnificent. Their choice of songs is wonderful and there is something in it for everyone. Their Pie Jesu just gives me goosebumps and far outshines Sara Brightman's version. A wonderful, enjoyable offering. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sacred and secular music performed in a professional way that will appeal to fans of these genres as well as fans of "good Irish music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the voices and the music! Waiting for the next release!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this cd. they do a really good job with the music
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