The choir’s first commercially available CD, O BEAUTY EVER ANCIENT EVER NEW, is now available worldwide! We are grateful to Dr. Christopher Gravis, husband of long-time chorister Andrea Zomorodian, for his insightful introductory notes to the CD: “ … a musical reflection of a mystical spirituality that is rooted in the ancient, while simultaneously surging forward into the unknown. It is both old and new, eschewing the temporal. It is eternal.”
Featuring the contemporary music of Baltic composers Miškinis, Ešenvalds, and Geilo alongside the established Anglican composers Walton and Bairstow, the album also includes Poulenc’s Lenten masterpiece “Timor et tremor” and three compositions by conductor James Buonemani including the title work written in 2011 for the 100th Anniversary of St. James Church, premiered in May of 2012. Anchoring this mostly contemporary selection of music is the profound “Salve Regina” by the 16th century Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales.
Regarding the title work, Buonemani writes:
Humans have always celebrated the cycle of life, where death is the gateway to birth, and birth to death, in ritual and song – a retelling of ancient stories in new and immediate ways. These are the ineffable mysteries of Christianity, and indeed, of all life: a Beauty Ever Ancient Ever New.
The CD is available at https://stjla.org/album and at your favorite music retailer.