Christmas Shoppers: Don't Forget Papal Album

Music CD Features Benedict XVI’s Voice

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LONDON, NOV. 11, 2009 ( A music album scheduled for release at the end of the month features the singing of Benedict XVI.

The album, titled «Alma Mater: Music From the Vatican,» showcases recordings of the Pope’s voice as he sings various litanies and songs, as provided by Vatican Radio. 

Produced by Geffen/Universal, the CD includes the Pontiff’s voice speaking in Latin, Italian, Portuguese, French and German.

He is accompanied by The Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, conducted by Monsignor Pablo Colino, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Monsignor Colino stated: «I can say with certainty that Pope Ratzinger has a wonderful musicality. I have known six Popes and none could sing as well as him or were as musically aware as he is: This will be evident when people listen to the album.»

Songs include: Regina Coeli, Advocata Nostra, Sancta Dei Genitrix and Auxilium Cristianorum.

A press release on the album’s Web page reported that the proceeds from sales «will be used to provide music education for underprivileged children around the world.»

To launch the album, a Dec. 2 concert will be held in Westminster Cathedral, featuring The Chamber Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome performing songs from the CD.

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