So I told my doctor that I was having trouble sleeping because of some weird dreams. Sometimes I dream I'm a yurt and sometimes I dream I'm a tepee.
He said, "You need to relax. You're two tents."
Now for some relaxing music.
You know, you don't have to actually go to heaven in order to hear what it’s going to sound like. It will sound just like the choir of New College, Oxford on their CD Agnus Dei: the Music of Inner Harmony.
The mood is set by the first song, Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, Op.11, an ethereal piece with lots of ooh-ing and aah-ing (which I really like). It's more relaxing than a massage and a bottle of wine.
The next two songs, Faure's Cantique De Jeane Racine and Missa Papae Marcelli-Kyrie by Palestrina are just as soothing.
I probably listened to this CD three or four time before I realized that a lot of these songs are sung without music. It's very slickly done with lots of layers of beautiful voices.
This CD features a great version of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Rachmaninov’s Ave Maria, Op. 37 No. 6. and there is a nice version of Taverner’s The Lamb, but I have to say that I like the version that Ben Philipp sings on Libera’s New Dawn album better. His has that special Libera treatment.
Maybe my favorite song is the final one, an especially slow tempo version of Miserere Mei, Deus. This one lasts for almost fifteen minutes and the young soloist has a very tender and appealing voice. I have quite a few versions of this song and they are all good but this one is special.
This is a great CD.