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Classical Music Recording
Mysteries of Gregorian Chant

Artist/s: Singers of St Laurence, conducted by Neil McEwen
Category: Classical, Early Music, Plainchant
Label: ABC Classics 4765106
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Given its over two millennia long history, one might have imagined the liturgical chant of the Christian church to have been better recorded than it is. To be fair, recordings of plainchant are not exactly lacking, but the appearance of…

A cappella Music Recording
Prima Luce. A Collection of Christmas Hymns and Chants

Artist/s: Prima Luce. Lily Kelly, Rioghnach McCaughan (sopranos), Genevieve McCaughan, Xavier Piat (altos), John Brazier, James Doig (tenors), Ronan Reilly, Cormac McCaughan (basses)
Category: A cappella, Choral Music, Classical, Early Music, New Music, Plainchant
Label: SWCD 1411
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Prima Luce is a group of nine young Catholic musicians who released this excellent CD of Christmas choral music in 2014 as part of their wish “to promote the beauty of the Catholic Church’s musical patrimony” (quoted from their website…

Choral music
Ubi Caritas

Artist/s: Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne. Michael Leighton Jones (conductor), John O’Donnell and Hugh Fullarton (organ), Jonathan Bradley (piano)
Category: Choral music, Classical, New Music, Plainchant
Label: ABC digital download (free)
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“This digital album is a selection of beautiful works by contemporary composers in the English Anglican cathedral choral tradition, recorded by the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne under the expert direction of Michael Leighton Jones. The singing is superb.”