Atlanta, GA, Feb. 11, 2014 – The chart-topping Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are known for their captivating sacred music that has attracted fans throughout the world. Their third album with De Montfort Music/Decca/Universal Classics is available today. LENT AT EPHESUS is a stunning compilation of poignant chants, elaborate harmonies and inspiring hymns of glory and redemption. Listening to this music spectacularly draws you into the experience of the passion and death of the season like never before. The album features 23 tracks, including “O Sacred Head Surrounded,” made famous by Bach’s oratorios; “All Glory Laud and Honor”; the well-known “Adoramus Te Christe”; the entrancing “Improperia” from the liturgy of Good Friday; and three original pieces.
Click here for a visual sneak peek at the making of the highly anticipated album.
“After so many requests for a compilation of Lenten devotionals to lead hearts through the Lenten season, we are so pleased to be releasing Lent at Ephesus today just in time for Lent,” said Monica Fitzgibbons, cofounder of De Montfort Music. “The Benedictines of Mary have outdone themselves with what can only be described as an artistic masterpiece, which is a must-have for any music collection.”
LENT AT EPHESUS was produced by Grammy Award-winning classical producer Blanton Alspaugh, who said of his experience recording the Sisters: “Their singing has a very pure and yet sophisticated style. It certainly earns its place in the international arena of classical music. Their talent is as remarkable as their sense of charity. To record them at their priory was one of the highlights of my career.”
The full track list for the album:
1. Jesus, My Love
2. Christus Factus Est
3. God of Mercy and Compassion
4. Hosanna To the Son Of David
5. Jesu Dulcis Amor Meus
6. Jesu Salvator Mundi
8. On the Way of the Cross
9. Pueri Hebræorum
10. O Sacred Head Surrounded
11. Adoramus Te Christe (Ravanello)
12. Stabat Mater
13. Divine Physician
14. Vexilla Regis
15. Mother of Sorrows
16. Vere Languores Nostros
17. Tenebræ factæ sunt
18. O Come and Mourn
19. Adoramus Te Christe (Dubois)
20. Crux Fidelis
21. All Glory, Laud and Honor
22. Ave Regina Cælorum
23. My Mercy
The album features a 12-page booklet with original artwork and all the lyrics in English (Latin songs are translated in English, as well). The booklet also will be available digitally with the album on iTunes.
PBS will be running an hour-long special on the Sisters during its March pledge drive. Dates and times forthcoming.
EWTN and CatholicTV will run a 30-minute HD special on LENT AT EPHESUS. Dates and times forthcoming.
The Missouri-based contemplative nuns Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles have captivated music fans and critics alike with the vibrant purity of their music, having been named Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Artist 2012 and 2013. It’s the first order of nuns to ever win an award in the history of Billboard magazine. The Sisters were recognized for their two bestselling albums, ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, which spent 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music chart, and ADVENT AT EPHESUS, which spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the same chart.
About the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Founded in 1995, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are a young, monastic order of Sisters. The Sisters sing together eight times a day as they chant the Divine Office in Latin.
About De Montfort Music
De Montfort Music is a division of AimHigher Entertainment – both founded by music-industry veterans Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons. Its special mission is to sign, develop, produce and bring to market the very best in Sacred Music. The label is an ambassador of the true and the beautiful. The Benedictines of Mary are signed to De Montfort Music, which is distributed worldwide through Decca/Universal Classics.
About DECCA/Universal Classics
Decca/Universal Classics is part of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising. The name “Decca” dates back to a portable gramophone called the “Decca Dulcephone” patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd. and then sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within years Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself “The Supreme Record Company.” Today, Decca/Universal Classics takes pride in strengthening its classical heritage with consistent benchmark recordings from some of the world’s greatest musicians.
Please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276, or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications for more information or to schedule interviews. For more information about the album, please contact: Monica@DeMontfortMusic.com.