World Library FR-1953-SM (1970)
This pre-Novus Ordo Missae work (an important consideration if you’re planning on using it liturgically) displays something that you don’t see very often in this type of music: some classical training amongst the writers and performers. Leo Nestor is the Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music at the Catholic University of America, and that training–perhaps in progress when this album was produced–shows. He composed and conducted all of the music.
It’s not the most accessible work from the era, and the synthesisers aren’t “leading edge” like they used to be, but it’s definitely beautiful in spots. It’s a pity that Nestor has banished it from his CV. It’s something that deserves a listen. A good Lenten work.
Update (April 2020): Leo Cornelius Nestor passed away 22 September 2019. It’s worth nothing that, in his obituary, he still doesn’t own up to Sons of the Morning!
Songs (for individual download:)
- Song Of Creation
- Prologue To John (words adapted from The New Testament by Kleist and Lilly)
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Deep Waters Canticle
- From Heaven The Lord Looks Down
- In The Brightness Of Our Rising
- A Meditation On Hope
- Hymn Of Love
- Sons Of The Morning
- The Canticle Of Brother Sun
- Other Credits
- Recording Engineer: Jeffrey R. Gile
- Technical Advisor: Forrest McDonald, OFM
- Tenors: Arthur Larson, OFM, Forrest McDonald, OFM, Vincent Mesi, OFM, Paul Warren
- Baritones: Patrick Graves, OFM; David Leary, Gregory Ndour, Thomas Watson
- Guitarists: Daniel Skarry (Six-String), Daniel van Dyke (twelve-string), Jeremy Young (bass)
- Cover photography: Ron Caspers, San Francisco
- Synthesised Sounds: Dr. Glenn Glascow, Electronic Music Department, California State College at Hayward
- Recorded at Baytown Studios, Hayward, California