Angels and Saints at Ephesus (2013)
Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (choir, chorus)
composed by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Charles Villiers Stanford, Christmas Traditional, Ephraim the Syrian, Frederick William Faber, Gregor Aichinger, Gregorian Chant, Nicola A. Montani, Oreste Ravanello, St. Alphonse Liguori, Tomás Luis de Victoria
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 ... Show synopsis 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...