by the Monks of Clear Creek Abbey
From Rorate Cœli, the first words of the Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent, to the Mass of the vigil of Christmas, listeners will be treated to the mystical sounds of the Advent and early Christmas seasons. This chant, as sung a cappella by the monks of Clear Creek Abbey, transports the listener to the sacred rhythm of the monastic liturgy in honor of Mary, with the musical language of Gregorian chant and of selections of polyphonic sacred choral music. Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, in Oklahoma, is a young, vibrant monastic community dedicated to the contemplative praying of the sung liturgy. The richness of the Latin liturgical lyrics (which the music faithfully echoes) is available in English and French in the accompanying booklet, which also includes a musical commentary on the spirit of the pieces. Let the light of Advent and Christmas enter your heart and your home this year with Rorate Cœli: Marian Sounds of Advent by the Monks of Clear Creek.
by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
The Carmelite Sisters unite their voices in this most heartwarming recording entitled Adoration from Carmel: Eucharistic Hymns from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Adoration will introduce you to the beautiful singing and repertoire from the sisters, which have both traditional and contemporary arrangements. Located in Los Angeles, the Carmelites recorded this collection in the glorious acoustic of their St. Joseph’s chapel at Santa Teresita. Designed to inspire, Adoration from Carmel: Eucharistic Hymns features 16 tracks of both acapella and orchestral settings, all representing the music emanating from their community throughout the year, which flows from their daily prayer together. With their original angelic choir sound, the Sisters radiate peace and beauty through their hymns of Praise of God. This cozy and ethereal collection will be a timeless classic for years to come.
by the Boys of St. Paul Choir School
The celebrated Boys of Saint Paul’s Choir School presents its third album in a decade, featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré and composer, James Kennerley, accompanied by the Boston Sinfonietta. Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48, is heard in a performance of quintessential treble of the boys’ voices in sublime arrangements. Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine is also recorded for the first time in a brand-new orchestration. Captured in the sumptuous acoustics of Saint Paul’s Church, this sublime recording is adorned throughout with the perfect combination of original compositions which hold beautifully alongside the venerable and beloved works from Fauré.