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I really wanted to like this work (as we will be singing it in the spring.) But I have to fully agree with reviewer Laura Dickinson, and would suggest you read her 3 star review, because she says it better than I can. "Coma-inducing" was the phrase that came to my mind, as well. 17 tracks of music that vary only slightly in tempo and key. I'd recommend listening to one or two at a time, unless you're really into that new-agey kind of background music that is actually intended to be coma-inducing (or alpha-wave provoking, or "meditation music", or whatever the current terminology might be.)The individual tracks are quite lovely. I think singing the entire work probably puts the singer in a wonderful, blissed-out state of mind, but I'm not so sure about the audience! I'm actually anticipating polite applause...but maybe I'm wrong, there may be a strong audience for this type of modern Gregorian chant. (And, on an entirely different note - if you are a conductor contemplating performing this work, make sure that you have a soprano section that can sing sustained high notes, in tune, softly!)
The composer seams to pander to the expected taste of the want to hear Gods music congregation in spite of it is now- 20?? one would never know it from listing to this . It does not rank with Part -with an umlaut- or Faure -with an accent acute-. It's nice but hardly mystical.