Saturday, December 06, 2008

So much sacred music!

In the past month, I have received as gifts a few excellent CDs of sacred music. I'd like to share them with you.

From Branson, for whom I am an RCIA sponsor, I received "Stella Maris" by Trio Mediaeval as a birthday present. This CD has several 12th and 13th century polyphonic pieces (including two odes to the Blessed Virigin Mary) and a contempory polyphonic Mass setting (Missa Lumen de Lumine) by Korean composer Sungji Hong.

From the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, I received "Echoes of Ephesus" in the mail. It has two dozen pieces of chant and polyphony (in both English and Latin), including some contemporary pieces. You can definitely detect the devotion of these women -- to God and to sacred music which praises Him and His saints!

And from the Wyoming Catholic College Choir, I received "Christmas In God's Country" in the mail. It has just shy of two dozen pieces of chant and polyphony (in both English and Latin), including one of my recent favorites, Angelus ad Virginem! The choirmaster is none other than Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski, the author of several articles on sacred music and liturgy ("Aspects of the Liturgical Magisterium", Parts I, II, and III; "Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist" [since clarified as "... of Holy Communion"] at EWTN).

Consider purchasing these beautiful CDs of beautiful sacred music. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


Professor Kwasniewski said...

Thank you very much for recommending the Wyoming Catholic College Choir CD. Anyone who would like to see a listing of the 23 tracks, hear a sample of the music, or order a gift edition (with full liner notes), please visit our website -- -- and click on the feature article on the home page.
God Bless you with a grace-filled Advent!

Professor Kwasniewski said...

P.S. As to the article I wrote years ago, "Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist" [sic], regrettably the Vatican had not yet clarified that such people should be called "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion," so technically it was not [sic]. When I next write about this abuse, the terminology will be quite correct!

japhy said...

Sorry, Prof. Kwasniewski. I hope I didn't appear pedantic by doing that. It's just that, like you said, the term has since been clarified (and I have a post on my blog about the reason for that clarification).

I read your article a year or so ago and thought it was quite good and helpful. I have yet to read your three-parter on music and liturgy (having only found it today).

hyperstem said...

Glad you liked the Trio Mediaeval disc. I went up to see them in NYC in November, where they performed parts of a 13th century Worcester Ladymass which had been cut up an used as binding for other manuscripts. I even got them to sign some of my jacket notes.

Anna said...

The 3 Irish Priests also have a phenomenal Christmas album.. you can listen to the whole thing here

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!