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Solemn Vespers with Pope Benedict XVI


Format: Audio CD
Produced by: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Solemn Vespers

This is a great keepsake for one of the most impressive liturgies during the Holy Father's visit to the United States. The quality of this CD is extremely high, from the wonderful choice of music and its superb execution to the magnificent level of recording engineering. The CD booklet contains color photos and the text of all recorded pieces.

The Choir of the Basilica is comprised of about twenty professional singers from the greater Washington metro area and sings for the Solemn Eucharist on Sundays and Solemnities. The choir sings at about 100 liturgies and performances each season, and prepares about 300 works for them. Solemn liturgies at the Shrine are broadcast on EWTN throughout the world.

The director is Dr. Peter Latona, assisted by Mr. Daniel Sañez.

Full contents:

  1. Laudibus in sanctis [Psalm 150] — William Byrd (1543-1623)
  2. Dum transisset Sabbatum [Mark 6:1-2] — John Taverner (c.1490-1545)
  3. Processional: Organ improvisation by Peter Latona (b.1968) // Tu es Petrus — Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
  4. Introductory Rites [Deus in adjutorium meum intende] — Gregorian chant
  5. Hymn: At the Lamb's High Feast — translation of Ad regias agni dapes Robert Campbell (1814-1868)
  6. First Psalm [Psalm 139-I] & Antiphon — antiphon setting: Peter Latona; psalm tone: Saint Meinrad Abbey
  7. Second Psalm [Psalm 139-II] & Antiphon — antiphon setting: Peter Latona; psalm tone: Lawrence Bevenot
  8. New Testament Canticle [Col 1:12-20] & Antiphon — antiphon setting: Peter Latona; psalm tone: A. Gregory Murray
  9. Reading [Hebrews 7:24-27]
  10. Responsory — Peter Latona
  11. Magnificat & Antiphon — Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
  12. Intercessions
  13. Lord's Prayer — sung in Latin Gregorian chant
  14. Prayer
  15. Final Blessing & Dismissal
  16. Marian Antiphon: Regina cæli — Gregorian chant
  17. Postlude: Improvisation on Regina cæli by Peter Latona

The Choir of the Basilica:

Meghan Whittier, Dawn Frederick, Jane Elkin, Abigail Lennon, Danielle Kerlin, Danielle Good – sopranos
Melissa Kornacki, Callista Ginrich, Katherine Motsuk, Patricia George-Hauser, Dan Ebeling, Marjorie Bunday, Eleanor Nemeth – altos
Charles Downey, Jerry Kavinski, John Stephen Murray, Michael Maliakel, Edward Kerrick – tenors
Louis Reichwein, Alec David, William Golden, Mark Owens, Clint Nesmith, David Smedberg, Joshua Hong, Michael McCarthy – basses

Dr. Peter Latona, Director of Music

Recorded April 16, 2008.


Order #: 9026
Price: $16.95


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