O LUX BEATISSIMA A Treasury of Latin Chant by Cantores en Ecclesia ($16.95)

OCP: 12014

There's a reason the church still sings these sacred Latin hymns after hundreds of years. There's a reason interest in Gregorian chant continues to grow. Somehow, it still expresses the awe and reverence we feel before the Creator of heaven and earth. Somehow, these simple, prayerful tones and words still capture the mystery of the soul's journey back home. Among the many chant recordings released in recent years, O Lux Beatissima stands out for the exceptional quality of the singing and the music selected.

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.

Find out more about: Cantores in Ecclesia

Find out more about: Harry Hagan, OSB

Adoro Te Devote
Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Asperges Me
Ave Marķa
Ave, Maris Stella
Ave Verum Corpus
Veni Sancte Spiritus
Doxology and Amen
Gloria XV
Hosanna to the Son of David
In Paradisum
Jesu dulcis memoria
Lucis Creator Optime
Lux Aeterna
Miserere Mei Deus
O Salutaris Hostia
Pange Lingua/Sing of Glory
Pater Noster
Post Consecrationem
Regina Caeli/O Queen of Heaven
Requiem Aeternam
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
Victimae Paschali
Vidi Aquam

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