This CD of sacred music by the Regina Caeli Schola Cantorum was recorded and produced at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (where the choir sings First Friday Mass at 7:15 pm).
A lovely little surprise, it contains 12 selections that demonstrate the choir’s mission to “bring the lost part of the treasury of Catholic music back to the people in the pews.” It includes familiar chants, including Regina Caeli and Ave Maria, pieces by Tallis (If Ye Love Me) and Palestrina (Jesu Rex), traditional hymns in English (Soul of My Savior, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence) and Latin (Panis Angelicus, O Sanctissima), and three more contemporary pieces inspired by chant and polyphony.
The choir, which is directed by Catherine Fishlock, has a polished but unaffected sound, contemplative without being studied. The young singers, some of them children and others who started with the choir as children, manage beautiful harmonies and an unhurried tempo that never drags. Clocking in at less than half an hour, Laudamus! is long enough to savor and short enough to make you hit “replay” as the final notes fade.
My new favorite album.
The Regina Caeli Schola Cantorum: Laudamus! is available from the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center and from their online store.
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