As you may recall, the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (real women religious in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph) have another music CD.
The disk is out and around and people are taking notice.
A reader alerted me that he heard tracks from the sisters album on their local NPR radio station. He sent a link to story about them on the site of WQRX. There is a great little twist in this.. see if you can spot it…:
Benedictine Nuns from Missouri Keep Ancient Hymns and Chants Alive
Nuns and monks are one together of the sure cyclical forces in the classical recording business. Every few years, the quiet, otherworldly sounds of their centuries-old chants and hymns are seemingly rediscovered and marketed as a soothing balm for harried, stressed-out urbanites. While some listeners may find spiritual enlightenment in the chants’ religious texts, many others are drawn to their aesthetic or New Age qualities. [New Age qualities? Blech! What would those be? There is nothing stupid or syncretistic about this album. But let's move on.]
The latest chant boomlet comes via the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order in rural Gower, Missouri. The Benedictines drew national attention last year with “Advent at Ephesus,” a Decca recording of Gregorian chants and hymns that topped the Billboard classical charts for over a month (unseating a companion CD to the novel Fifty Shades of Grey). The sisters’ follow up release, “Angels and Saints at Ephesus,” features 17 selections in English and Latin associated with the feasts of holy saints and angels.
Buy some CDs!
To motivate you, here is short collage of excerpts.