This week's selection is Lent at Ephesus from the nuns of the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus -- the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.
Based in Missouri, the nuns sing together daily, typically for five hours per day, as part of their daily life of prayer.
In 2012 and 2013, two albums of their recorded chants and hymns reached number 1 on the classical traditional Billboard charts--displacing "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album", a musical tie-in to the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Their brand new recording is called Lent at Ephesus. It was produced by multiple Grammy award winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and it is this week's Classic 107 & McNally Robinson Classical Music Recording of the Week. The blending of the female voices gives a different, yet just as pleasing, perspective to this music, which is more often heard performed by male voices.
The group's debut recording Advent At Ephesus, released at the end of 2012, reached number 2 on Billboard's Classical Traditional Music Chart and number 14 on the Classical Music Overall Chart.They were named Billboard's Classical Traditional Artist 2012 and 2013---the first order of nuns to win an award in the history of Billboard magazine.
Album sales are used to improve the monastery and pay off the abbey's debt. The music is aranged by the prioress Mother Cecilia.
Look for the Classic 107/McNally Robinson CD of the week display at McNally Robinson Booksellers and get your copy of Lent at Ephesus.
Tune in every Monday at 8:30 AM when Classic 107 host Michael Wolch and McNally Robinson's Andy Morton make their classical recording selection of the week.