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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and six children.
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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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New CD by the Sistine Chapel Choir
published 10 October 2015 by Veronica Brandt

Much of this music is familiar to me from a decade attending Mass at the Maternal Heart of Mary Church in Sydney. I love how the choir master, Msgr Palombella, describes Sicut Cervus as being a favourite for the congregation to join in (see 3:30). Polyphony doesn’t forbid congregational singing, it just raises the bar.

Also, you might sense a difference with Allegri’s Miserere. They are singing from a manuscript from the Vatican Archives from 1661. This is before that famous high C was added in a later elaboration.



You can buy CDs or downloads from Deutsche Grammophon. I have and I will be listening to these tracks over and over again.