This caught my eye:
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will release “Alma Mater– Music From The Vatican” featuring Marian hymns, prayers, chants, etc., including “Regina Coeli”, by California (USA) based record label Geffen Records owned by Universal Music Group (UMG), which is a subsidiary of Vivendi.
Pope, accompanied by the choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will sing specially-commissioned pieces from international group of composers of various faiths, a collection of Lauretan Litanies and Marian popular chants, in French, Latin, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
With this album, Pope will be joining Ashlee Simpson, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Elton John, etc., on this label. …Proceeds from this album will go for providing music education for underprivileged children around the world.
Certainly a good cause. The Catholic Church has been responsible, directly or indirectly, for more great music over the centuries than any other institution by an order of magnitude or so; Pope Benedict XVI has some pretty big footprints to follow. (As only one recent example, our Archbishop in Milwaukee for many years, Rembert Weakland, was not only a fine pianist but a first-class musicologist who did much of the music preparation for the New York Pro Musica’s famous production of The Play of Daniel.)
I wonder if Popes have infallible pitch?