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Directed by Dennis Keene
'Mysteries' is a very special collection of the Keene's and the Voices of Ascension's favorite pieces from many periods and countries having to do with Mary, mother of Jesus. Two of our favorites are two of the oldest pieces on the recording, the lovely a cappella 'Alma Redemptoris Mater' by Giovanni Palestrina and Tomas Luis de Victoria's classic 'Ave Maria.' Other favorites are Anton Bruckner's 'Gradual: Os Justi,' Gabriel Faure's 'Tantum Ergo,' which only grows more beautiful with repeated hearings, Schubert's 'Die Allmacht' and 'Psalm 23,' Pablo Casals' 'Eucaristica,' Charles Gounod's 'Ave Maria,' and Felix Mendelssohn's 'Psalm 43.' Some light accompaniment by harp, piano and organ. New York City's 38-strong, mixed-voice Voices of Ascension is one of our favorite choirs recording sacred music, and 'Mysteries' is an inspiring joy from the first cut to the last!