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Grammy winner sings with Sistine Chapel Choir in new Christmas CD

In a new release of music for Advent and Christmas, multiple Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli sings with the pope’s Sistine Chapel Choir.

It marks the first time one of the oldest choirs in the world has issued a recording with a female singer, Mgr Massimo Palombella, director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, told Catholic News Service.

The new 16-track CD, Veni Domine: Advent and Christmas at the Sistine Chapel, is to be released in Italy on 27th October and worldwide in November with the proceeds earmarked for the poor through the pope’s charities.

Produced by Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music Italia, the CD marks the fourth joint venture between the music companies and the papal choir; the other CDs include Habemus Papam and Cantate Domino.

Like Cantate Domino, Veni Domine was recorded in the Sistine Chapel not only for its rich acoustic effects, but also because the musical compositions chosen had originally been composed to be sung in the chapel for papal celebrations, the monsignor told reporters at a news conference on 24th October.

Picture: Members of the Sistine Chapel Choir perform under the direction of Mgr Massimo Palombella during a press conference for their release of their new CD, Veni Domine: Advent and Christmas at the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican on 24th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).