Voice of the Blood: Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard, the 12th century mystic,
is undergoing quite a renaissance at the moment. I certainly
have no idea how accurately the various records are as historical
documents about her music. There is no doubt however, that this
album is quite glorious. 76 minutes of chants, using a female
lead voice. The Amen's are especially wonderful.
Deutsche harmonia mundi
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Chorus of Bulgarian Radio, Mikhil Milkov
EMI Classics, 2 CD's
Eastern Orthodox churches use
a worship service called the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Both Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, among other well known composers
have put their hands to composing music for this liturgy. The form
of the liturgy used among Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran
and Episcopalian churches is quite similar.
The Penguin Guide to Compact
Disks, gives this particular recording their rosette (highest
rating), saying: "glorious ... there are moments of overwhelming
simple beauty. ... it would be difficult to imagine this superbly
recorded performance being bettered." For what it's worth,
Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks
The music here overlaps with
the CD above. This has a variety of composers but focuses on
choral music for the orthodox liturgy. Very beautiful.
various composers (including Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky)
Hearts of Space
Taize: Wait for the Lord
Taize worship is a style that
uses a series of simple chants. Each chant (typically a phrase
from the Bible) is repeated over and over. (See the web site
for Taize and GIA in the spirituality page). There are several
albums of this music, this one is a good introduction to the
Lord of Light
The St. Louis Jesuits are a group
of Catholic musicians producing a religious music with flavors
of folk and meditation. Again, they have several albums out,
this is a personal favorite.
St. Louis Jesuits
Songs for Worship: Vol. 1 & 2
John Michael Talbot, a well-known
composer has collected here many liturgical pieces (Kyries, Psalms,
Lamb of God, etc.) all in a peaceful, flowing style.
John Michael Talbot
The Sparrow Corporation
Gregorian Chant and Polyphony
Part of a series of introductions
to types of music, this is both a CD of Gregorian chant and a
booklet with a nice introduction to the music and the historic
context that produced it.
EMI Classics, 1995
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John P. Nordin