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Margaret Rizza: Mysterium Amoris

Gaudete Ensemble, Eamonn Dougan

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1
Ave Maria
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
5:15
2
O Magnum Mysterium
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
2:15
3
In the Silence
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
5:50
4
Mary Slept
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
3:32
5
Fire of Love
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
6:10
6
O Sapientia
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
4:40
7
Christ be Near
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
3:33
8
Mysterium Amoris
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
5:15
9
Veni Jesu
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
3:52
10
Sanctus Dominus
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
4:58
11
O Speculum Columbe
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
5:57
12
Rising Prayer
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
3:43
13
Mysterious Night
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
6:40
14
Oculi Mei
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
4:01
15
Ave Generosa
Margaret Rizza; Gaudete Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan
6:40
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    72:21
"Performances, whether from the singers or players, are admirably well crafted ... choral textures and sound are typically English: bright and clear, with cool, yet committed spiritual sincerity ... excellent sound quality ..."
- American Record Guide

"Rizza is a composer with a voice of her own ... (she) will surely be thrilled to hear her music sung with such skill and sensitivity. The instrumental playing is faultless too, the whole ably held together by Eamonn Dougan ... contemplative and spiritual ..."
- International Record Review

Margaret Rizza sang professionally for 25 years before going into teaching; she has also directed music groups and made many recordings. She began composing in 1997 and has since earned huge admiration for her "classical contemporary" sound world, works of spiritual contemplation and great beauty that generate a sense of lyricism and healing resolution. This collection of choral pieces is composed of seven unaccompanied pieces and eight pieces with keyboard and instrumental accompaniment, performed by the Gaudete Ensemble under Eamonn Dougan. Although the texts span 800 years they nearly all come from the contemplative mystical tradition which influenced and inspired the writing of this music.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, UK, on 21st January, 2010 (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 15), and 6th July, 2010 (remaining tracks)
Producers: Robert Hollingworth and Margaret Rizza
Engineers: Daniel Lock (World of Sound) and Mike Hatch (Floating Earth)
Booklet notes: Margaret Rizza
Cover photo: Heart made of candles (© Andrey Popov / iStockphoto)

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