Directed expertly by Dean Applegate, Cantores in Ecclesia delivers a superb performance, with perfect timing and balance, pure intonation, smooth transitions and an obvious zeal for this repertoire. Within the first phrases of the first track, you understand why they won gold medals in all categories in the Fifth International Palestrina Competition in Rome. The choir's well-trained men's, women's and children's voices resonate beautifully in the live acoustics of the chapel at The Grotto, the National Shrine of Our Most Sorrowful Mother. Founded in 1985, Cantores in Ecclesia is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.
O Lux Beatissima features all the best-known traditional Gregorian hymns, including "Ave Maria," "Salve Regina" and "Ubi Caritas," as well as two Mass ordinaries, the Missa Simplex and the Missa de Angelis. Cantores in Ecclesia sings the hymns entirely in Latin, most of them a cappella. Some hymns feature the men's voices, some the women's and children's, and some simple organ accompaniment.
A first-rate recording by a first-rate, professional choir, O Lux Beatissima provides an excellent musical setting for reflection, meditation, retreats and any time we feel the need for the peace and devotion of these timeless chanted prayers. Includes more than 73 minutes of music.
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Adoro Te Devote |
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave, Maris Stella
Ave Verum Corpus
Veni Sancte Spiritus
Doxology and Amen
Hosanna to the Son of David
Jesu dulcis memoria
Lucis Creator Optime |
Miserere Mei Deus
O Salutaris Hostia
Pange Lingua/Sing of Glory
Regina Caeli/O Queen of Heaven
Salve, Regina/Hail, Mary, Mother and Queen
Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Ubi Caritas/Where True Charity and Love Dwell
Veni, Creator Spiritus / Come, Creator Spirit