Risking Enchantment

“The music had such an extraordinary force of reality that we realized, no longer by deduction, but by the impact on our hearts, that it could not have originated from nothingness, but could only have come to be through the power of the Truth that became real in the composer's inspiration.”

Pope Benedict XVI

In this episode, Phoebe and Rachel discuss the great works of music that can help us enter into Holy Week, especially as many of us are not currently able to attend the liturgies.

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

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Works Mentioned:

Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Square Notes Podcast: Introduction to Gregorian Chant – with Dr. William Mahrt

NPR: Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago

The Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia by Cappella Romana

Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music in Divine Worship “Sing to the LORD a New Song” by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

Square Notes Podcast: An Archbishop’s Reflections on Sacred Music – with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

The Magnificat Online

Why Hollywood Matters - Barbara Nicolosi

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in the International Conference on Sacred Music

Pope Benedict’s Words After Receiving Honorary Doctorate in Castel Gandolfo

Benedict and Beethoven: The Outgoing Pope’s Musical Life


Musical Pieces:

Les Rameux (The Palms) by Fauré

(In English)

Requiem Mass by Fauré (Version listened to: Nigel Short, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and Tenebrae)

Lamentations of Jeremiah by Palestrina

Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tallis

Miserere mei, Deus by Allegri

Pange Lingua by Thomas Aquinas

Adoramus Te Devote by Thomas Aquinas

St John’s Passion by Bach

St Matthew’s Passion by Bach

Paul Hume, quoted in Music for Lent and Easter: St Matthew Passion by Bach

The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn (Version listened to: Conducted by Nicholas Harnoncourt)

Stabat Mater by Vivaldi

The Lament of the Mother of God by John Tavener

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

At the Cross her Station Keeping

Jesus, Remember Me

Behold the Wood of the Cross

Resurrexit by Berlioz

The Messiah by Handel

Thine be the Glory

Westminster Mass by Panufnik


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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet



Escape to the Countryside


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