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For nearly thirty years, Gloriæ Dei Cantores has traveled extensively, performing in the world's finest concert halls—from London to Moscow, Belgium to Venice, and all over the United States—stirring the hearts of thousands of listeners, delighting classical music fans, and astounding critics with their versatility and interpretive sensitivity. In Eternal Light, Gloriæ Dei Cantores presents a "collector's edition" of some of their most beloved meditative choral works. Ideal for playing at home, on a commute, at the office, or any place that would be enhanced by the lush choral melodies of Palestrina, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Argento, and others.
The moment I pushed the start button for this one, and heard the warm, rich strains of Rachmaninoff's Bogoriditse Devo, from his Vespers, I melted into a happy trance. When I came to about an hour later, I was surer than ever that the fabulous singers of Gloriae Dei Cantores make up America's very finest amateur choir, capable of giving even the best professional ensembles a run for their money. I've never heard such rapt and fathomless spiritual intensity from anybody else. I dearly cherish their nearly 40 recordings of the best sacred music.
This collection, like the last one from them that I covered (Prism, M/A 2004, p 243), is a cherry-pick from previous releases, no doubt intended to whet the listener's appetite for more. We hear further intense Russian magic from Tchaikovsky and Glinka, florid Renaissance purity from Palestrina, and German solemnity from Brahms and Rheinberger. There's quite a bit of modern American alchemy from Leo Sowerby, Virgil Thomson, and Dominick Argento, among others. It's all so wonderful that I hate to leave anyone out. The literal, yet rich sound from the choir's home church in Cape Cod enfolds the listener in cozy sonic splendor. We get full texts, but no notes. The booklet's track listings will refer you to the excerpted recordings, to your budgetary peril. You have no idea what you're missing if you haven't yet heard these heavenly musicians.American Record Guide, July 1, 2005
Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to the faithful representation of spiritual and musical authenticity in the choral arts. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, the choir has touched the hearts of audiences in twenty-four countries in Europe and Asia, as well as extensive tours and concert series in the United States. The choir's catalog of more than fifty recordings showcases an expansive repertoire, encompassing both masterworks and rarely performed musical treasures from Gregorian chant to the twenty-first century. Richard K. Pugsley and Gloriae Dei Cantores have garnered high praise for bringing lesser- known, yet fully deserving composers and their works to light. The choir makes its home at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, where it sings worship services throughout the year.