Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sacred Treasures of England (Aim Higher Recordings)

Aim Higher Recordings was founded by Monica and Kevin Fitzgibbons. It is the sister label of the wildly successful DeMontfort Music and has released two Christmas albums to date - Christmas in Harvard Square and Christmastime in New Orleans. Building on these successful albums, they have recently released a third album - Sacred Treasures of EnglandSacred Treasures of England is the debut release from the London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir. You might recognize the Schola Cantorum from their feature in the The Lord of the Rings movies. The album is composed of the following fourteen tracks, which gives us sacred music from the Renaissance era:

1. Haec dies
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Benedictus
6. Agnus Dei
7. Salvator mundi I
8. O nata lux
9. Ave Maria
10. Ave verum corpus
11. Haec dies
12. Civitas sancti tui
13. Ave verum corpus
14. Ascendit Deus

The album is approximately one hour in length, and as you can see from the titles, the music is Latin. However, if you are a regular Mass goer, you will recognize a great majority of this music. I was stunned listening to this, because unless you knew you were listening to a boy's choir, you would think this was adults performing due to the level of perfection in their voices. It is clear that these boys practice hard at their craft and truly make it a labor of love in honor of God their creator. Nothing else would could explain the beautiful music that comes from their mouths. I have only had this album for a couple of days, but I like to listen to it in the car on the way to work or back from work, as it helps me erase the troubles of the day. This music is absolutely sublime and it is worth your time to pick up a copy of the album.

To close, I would like to share with you a video of one of the tracks, so that you can experience a taste of their talent.