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The Rosary - Mysteries, Meditations & Music / Dominican Sisters

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : Mysteries of the Rosary, prayers
>Bogdanowicz, Sister J. A. : Let Nothing Disturb You, for chorus, violin, trumpet & organ
>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : In dulci jubilo, for soloists & chorus
>Whitney, Mary Gabriel : Bride of Christ, for chorus, violin, trumpet & organ
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Dominican Sisters of Mary return with a new offering from their community entitled: The Rosary Mysteries, Meditations & Music. This album comes as a response to fans of their successful chart-topping Billboard 2013 recording "Mater Eucharistiae."

Be transported back to their Ann Arbor chapel and experience their beautiful and pure renditions of the spoken prayers of The Rosary, as well as their original meditations, set to their own sacred music.

Also on this recording will be three newly recorded tracks, some original compositions and arrangements by the Sisters themselves.

The Sisters may be recognized due to their multiple appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and the extensive publicity they have received in the US and Canada through outlets such as CBS This Morning, NPR, The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, CNN, Fox & Friends and beyond. The Dominican Sisters of Mary placed in the finals of The American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on The Game Show Network. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, founded 17 years ago and with 120 sisters currently in the Community, also have teaching missions in schools all over the US.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel at the Motherhouse of The Dominican Sisters of M (09/06/2014).

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, a monastic community near Ann Arbor, Michigan, came out of nowhere in 2012 with their best-selling album Mater Eucharistiae. The album's popularity extended well beyond Catholic religious circles and landed the sisters on the likes of Oprah Winfrey. The Rosary has the quality that made the first album take off: absolute, direct Midwestern simplicity of utterance. The bulk of what you get here is not music but spoken Rosary prayers, accompanied in the background by an organ and choral singing similar to what was heard on the earlier release. No attempt is made to add any musical elaboration or self-consciously mystical spirit to the texts, which are reproduced in the booklet along with a numbered diagram of a string of Rosary beads. At the end are a well-chosen "bonus" (it's not clear under what conditions you wouldn't get the bonus) trio of choral compositions, the last of them original to the choir itself. The appeal of Mater Eucharistiae was that nobody had done anything remotely like it. The novelty may have worn off this time around, but those who found a religious simplicity in the earlier album will likely be happy to have more of the same. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Word, Spoken : Mysteries of the Rosary, prayers
  • Performers: Sister Bogdanowicz (Organ); Sister Wardlaw (Violin); Maria Wright (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bogdanowicz, Sister J. A. : Let Nothing Disturb You, for chorus, violin, trumpet & organ
  • Performers: Sister Bogdanowicz (Organ); Sister Wardlaw (Violin); Maria Wright (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : In dulci jubilo, for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Sister Bogdanowicz (Organ); Sister Wardlaw (Violin); Maria Wright (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Whitney, Mary Gabriel : Bride of Christ, for chorus, violin, trumpet & organ
  • Performers: Sister Bogdanowicz (Organ); Sister Wardlaw (Violin); Maria Wright (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary