Good sacred music can lift the mind and heart to God. Yet, all of us have our own musical styles we lean toward, even when it comes to liturgical music. The Church has taught that chant has "pride of place" in sacred music. Because of my own preferences, I was not overly excited when I received the CD Advent at Ephesus. While I love chant in a liturgical setting, I am not a fan of listening to chant in my leisure. Also, I heard the arrangements were "unique". But, I am now a believer. It is very good music which raises our hearts and minds to God.
The CD is a product of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They are a traditional monastic community of women who are consecrated to our Lady and live to support the work of the Apostles in the world through prayer. The music on the album contains a variety of traditional Latin and English hymns, polyphony, Gregorian Chant, medieval harmonies and an original piece
The album is produced by Grammy® and Oscar® winner Glenn Rosenstein, who considers this one of his top 10 all-time favorite recordings. These 16 tracks were fully recorded in only three days, on location at the order’s Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus in northwest Missouri. The album is the first to be released by De Montfort Music.
Here is a description of the album:
The first of its kind for the Advent season, this gorgeous recording captures in song the spirit of hope and expectation of Advent. This unique CD is recorded by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a young, monastic order of Sisters located in rural Missouri, dedicated to prayer and chant. Advent at Ephesus includes an amazing variety of traditional Latin and English hymns, polyphony, Gregorian Chant, medieval harmonies and an original piece to prayerfully lead you through the sacred Advent season in preparation for Christmas. 17 Hymns include O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Come Divine Messiah, Alma Redemptoris, Gabriel's Message, Come Thou Redeemer, Maria Walks Amid the Thorn, Vox Clare, and more.
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