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Lent at Ephesus / Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Jesus, My Love
>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est
>Anonymous : God of Mercy and Compassion
>Anonymous : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Chant, Gregorian : Jesu dulcis amor meus
>Cordans, Bartolomeo : Jesu, salvator mundi
>Chant, Beneventan : Popule meus
>Anonymous : On the Way of the Cross
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Pueri Hebraeorum, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
>Hassler, Hans Leo : O Sacred Head, hymn
>Ravanello, Oreste : Adoramus te Christe, antiphon for Good Friday
>Todi, Jacopone da : Stabat Mater
>Benedictines of Mary Quee : Divine Physician
>Fortunat, Venance : Vexilla regis
>Benedictines of Mary Quee : Mother of Sorrows
>Lotti, Antonio : Vere languores nostros
>Chant, Gregorian : Tenebrae factae sunt, responsory
>Montani, Nicola A. : O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile
>Dubois, Théodore : Adoramus te Christe, for chorus & organ
>Fortunat, Venance : Crux fidelis
>Teschner, Melchior : All Glory, Laud and Honor
>Chant, Gregorian : Ave Regina caelorum
>Benedictines of Mary Quee : My Mercy
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The recording includes many of the familiar Latin chants for the Lenten season such as 'Christus Factus Est', 'Jesu Dulcis Amor Meus', the 'Improperia' (also known as 'Reproaches', sung on Good Friday), 'Crux Fidelis', and 'Ave Regina Caelorum', which is the Marian antiphon sung in the office of Compline in the Lenten season up to Good Friday. The nuns have lovely voices. Their tone is pure and gentle, and their pitch is spot on.

The critically acclaimed Benedictines of Mary, who have received accolades from USA Today, NPR, ABC's Good Morning America and beyond, now return with their latest release, Lent at Ephesus. This compilation of poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns of glory and redemption includes: "O Sacred Head Surrounded," made famous by Bach's oratorios, "All Glory Laud and Honor," the well known "Adoramus Te Christe" and the entrancing "Improperia" from the liturgy of Good Friday. Three original pieces are also featured among the generous 23 tracks. Let the vibrant purity of their monastic sound peacefully escort you through the penitential season of Lent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013).

Recordings of monks, or in this case nuns, singing medieval chant seem to come along in cycles, garner lots of publicity, and then retreat into the woodwork from whence they came as people get tired of the relatively simple background music attraction and find little more than that in them. This album of Lenten music, by a group of nuns in a Missouri convent, is not of a fundamentally different kind than the others, but it has several points in its favor. First of all, the feminine gender is not so common. Second, the fairly sophisticated engineering works in the music's favor: there's a good deal of space surrounding it, but it doesn't swallow up the words. And third, those words are not ritualistic but are picked for their significance by the sisters themselves; some of them are in English, and the music ranges from chant to polyphonic pieces and even includes a selection from the non-Catholic St. Matthew Passion of Bach. Fans of a cappella singing will find here a degree of precision that's impressive for amateur singers, and the entire project can be recommended to those whose tastes run toward the monastic, crown of thorns on the label and all. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Jesus, My Love
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : God of Mercy and Compassion
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Jesu dulcis amor meus
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Cordans, Bartolomeo : Jesu, salvator mundi
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Beneventan : Popule meus
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : On the Way of the Cross
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Pueri Hebraeorum, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Hassler, Hans Leo : O Sacred Head, hymn
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1601

>Ravanello, Oreste : Adoramus te Christe, antiphon for Good Friday
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Todi, Jacopone da : Stabat Mater
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.

>Benedictines of Mary Quee : Divine Physician
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Fortunat, Venance : Vexilla regis
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Benedictines of Mary Quee : Mother of Sorrows
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lotti, Antonio : Vere languores nostros
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Chant, Gregorian : Tenebrae factae sunt, responsory
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Montani, Nicola A. : O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral

>Dubois, Théodore : Adoramus te Christe, for chorus & organ
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fortunat, Venance : Crux fidelis
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Teschner, Melchior : All Glory, Laud and Honor
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Ave Regina caelorum
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Benedictines of Mary Quee : My Mercy
  • Notes: The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus (11/18/2013-11/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary