Almost nothing has brought greater happiness and inspiration into my life in the last five years than my discovery of the continuous tradition of Sacred Music within the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church built the Western Civilization of the last 2,000 years, and Sacred Music is the soundtrack for all this history! To connect to this artistic glory through modern recording technology is a gift and blessing, for which I am profoundly grateful.
As I find one album I enjoy, someone suggests another one, and that leads to another still. Being in a schola, I have learned a lot from the Musica Sacra Forum about great artists, both then and now, who have composed stunning pieces that I listen to constantly. Wanting to share this beauty with you, I have linked to a bunch of my favorite discoveries over the last few years. Making the selections wasn’t easy. Here is a list of (only!) 15 of my favorite albums of glorious Sacred Music that I hope you will love too!
Catholic Sacred Music from around the world:
- Heavenly Harmonies: William Byrd and Thomas Tallis by Stile Antico
- Treasures of English Church Music by John Rutter
From the (Catholic) Byzantine tradition:
- Liturgy No. 3 by Roman Hurko
- La Bele Marie by Anonymous 4
Chant and polyphony to enjoy all year round:
- In Medio Ecclesiae by The Dominican House of Studies
- Sublime Chant by Kitty Cleveland
- Mater Eucharistiae by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
- Magnificat by Chanticleer
Sacred Music for special times in the liturgical year:
- Advent at Ephesus by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
- Puer Natus Est: Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas by Stile Antico
- Lent at Ephesus by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
- Passion and Resurrection by Stile Antico
- Angels and Saints by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Amazing music composed by a great saint:
- Symphoniae: Hildegard von Bingen (DHM Splendeurs) by Sequentia
- O Jerusalem: Hildegard von Bingen by Sequentia
Enjoy! And if you have time, tell me, what are your favorite pieces of Sacred Music? Let me know what else I should listen to!