UPDATE 13 August:
Today is the release date of the disc!
ORIGINAL POSTING 31 July 2013
In the past I have brought to your gracious attention the music CDs of the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They have had a couple chart topping discs of sacred music. Many of you have posted your own comments and reactions here.
This month, on 13 August, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are issuing their first music recording.
You know these fine sisters from their teaching work all over these USA and also their recent appearances on “The American Bible Challenge”. They are definitely not your LCWR types. (I’ll bet even they would like this disc!) They were founded by the late John Cardinal O’Connor of New York. They started in 1997 with 4 sisters. Now they have 110. Their average age is 28. They have a clear identity, they are faithful, and they are obviously happy.
I received a copy of this disc and want to stump for it.
The new disc has selections in Latin and in English, including Gregorian chant, some polyphony, and original compositions. Some of the pieces have instrumental accompaniment, others are a capella.
If you know the discs by the Benedictines, you will find this new disc to be a different experience. First, the original compositions are particular in style. Also, the acoustics of their church are different from those of the chapel of the Benedictines. The Dominicans clearly have a larger space.
When I received the disc, the first time I listened to it was when I was driving around on errands. In fact, I wound up turning off the car and sitting in a parking lot for a while just to take it in.
As I did for the Benedictines, so too for the Dominicans. Here is a brief montage of a few of a cuts, intended solely to give you a taste of this fine disc. (There might be a couple moments of dissonance, but that is only because I overlapped a couple snippets that clashed. My bad, not theirs.)
For those of you in these USA click HERE.
For those of you in the UK click HERE.