Thursday, 6 September 2007

O Lux Beatissima

I was recently sent a free sample of a CD called O Lux Beatissima, performed by the Oregon-based choir, Cantores in Ecclesia. It contains 35 of 'the most useful and accessible' Gregorian chants: not only obvious pieces such as the complete Missa Simplex and Missa de Angelis, but also chants from the Requiem Mass, the Asperges, Hosanna Filio David (for Palm Sunday), Pange lingua, several Office hymns (eg Lucis Creator Optime and Te Lucis) and many others - all on one disc.

Not only are the pieces well sung, with full use of adult and children's voices, but the recording is most useful for all those wishing to learn the basic Gregorian repertoire - for either the ordinary or extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite.The pieces were chosen not only for their importance but also their simplicity.

The CD can be bought here or, for UK readers, priced £14.35 from Viewpoint Resources Direct Ltd, 21 Point Hill, Greenwich SE10 8QW (02086921138).



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5:11 pm  
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5:47 am  
Blogger DominiSumus said...

I bought that CD on a whim a few months ago and I love it. My husband and 3 year old son love it too. In fact, they love it so much that I have to get another one because my husband is now keeping it in his car.

3:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many priests pack a fiddle-back chasuble in their holiday suitcase...? Is not the action itself (say Mass) more important than what you wear?

11:19 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

The action of the Mass is of course paramount.

However a priest is supposed to wear a chasuble when saying Mass and the white chasuble in the photo is my travelling vestment - not because it is a fiddleback but because it is light, easy to pack and doesn't crumple like some of my other vestments. It goes in my bag together with my Mass kit, alb, daily Missal, etc.

I never understand why people make such a political issue out of the shape of vestments!

9:03 am  

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