Cantare amantis est

Just because it’s nice:




By the way, Rome Reports really needs a new voice-over person.   Perhaps someone who knows how to pronounce names.

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  1. An American Mother says:

    Nicely done! The Holy Father seems to be enjoying it very much.
    Singing in large halls from the nave is NOT easy – I understand why the director looks a wee bit anxious.

  2. An American Mother says:

    Beethoven and Wagner? Nah. Bruckner, yeah.
    A tradition-based but somewhat daring composition (especially in the middle section).
    I do wish that the announcerette would hush and let us listen to the music. It’s not so much her mispronunciations (although that’s not optimal) but the piercing and nasal quality of her voice.

  3. benedetta says:


  4. VexillaRegis says:

    The first piece is mostly homophonic, not polyphonic (just some simple imitations in the middle.) And why is it, that these choirs scream instead of sing? I would never allow my choristers to sound like that in public ( or at home for that matter :-) )!!!

  5. An American Mother says:

    I’ll bet you that (1) the room is acoustically horrible and as a result (2) they can’t hear themselves or each other. That generally produces that sort of sound, and that’s why I was sympathetic to the choirmaster. He has that round-eyed look of panic induced by the realization that the sopranos can’t hear the tenors.
    We have sung in some really bad rooms, and we sometimes wind up just standing in a circle. That doesn’t appear to have been an option here.
    It certainly makes me appreciate our nice church. Our acoustics are so superior that local chamber groups and choirs rent the sanctuary for performances.

  6. Father Z,

    Do you think Rome Reports would hire an American to do the voice overs? I have noticed the same problem with Rome Reports in the past. Are you aware where the voice-over is done, i.e., in Italy or in the U.S?

    Keith Töpfer

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