ADVENT II, MUSIC FOR by the Schola Cantorum ($16.95)

LP: 0-8146-7891-2

Hymns, Chant, and Anthems for the Four Weeks Before Christmas
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop; J. Michael Thompson, Director
Music for Advent II captures something of that air of anticipation that is Advent. Like the first recording, some of the songs are very familiar (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel); others were written for this very recording (Bethlehem, Make Ready). All advance the themes of the Advent season: prophecy, anticipation, annunciation. The recording includes Gregorian chant from the Middle Ages of the Western Church and Carpatho-Rusyn chant from the Slavic Byzantine Church. An outstanding selection of songs from the African-American Church experience and other new hymns round out the collection.

Selections are

  • Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

  • Long Is Our Winter

  • O Quickly Come, Great Judge of All

  • O Heavenly Word, Eternal Light

  • The Bridegroom Will Be Coming

  • Behold, the Bridegroom Comes

  • E'en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

  • There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying

  • Regnatem Sempiterna

  • Yonder Come Day

  • Throughout a World in Shadow

  • Jerusalem, Surge

  • Vox Clamantis in Deserto

  • The Desert Shall Rejoice

  • Soon and Very Soon

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

  • O House of Ephratha

  • Rejoice in the Lord Always

  • Tell Out, My Soul

  • Qui Regis Sceptra

  • Bethlehem, Make Ready

  • To a Maid Engaged to Joseph

  • Ecce Virgo Concipiet

  • Ecce Virgo Concipiet (setting by Jacobus Gallus).

  • J. Michael Thompson is the director of music ministry at St. Peter's Church, where he is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum. He has been a pastoral musician and liturgist for twenty years, as well as a composer, author, and a noted promoter of the Liturgy of the Hours and Gregorian chant in contemporary parish situations.

    Available on CD or cassette. Please indicate your preference when ordering. If ordering the cassette, the price will be adjusted upon receipt of your order but will not be reflected on your program-generated receipt. Prices are as follows:

    1. CD: $14.95 (list: $16.95)(#7891-2)
    2. Cassette: $12.95 (list: $14.95)

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