Following on the success of their first endeavor in the series, Make His Praise Glorious, Gloriae Dei Cantores continued a distinguished series of recordings dedicated to psalm settings by American composers. By the Rivers of Babylon shows a wide range of style and includes several works recorded for the first time.
From the lush romanticism of the setting of Psalm 137 by Charles Loeffler (composed in 1901) to the adventurous setting of De Profundis by Arnold Schoenberg (composed in 1950), Gloriae Dei Cantores explores the great variety of psalm settings by American composers.
- Track 1 - By the Rivers of Babylon
- Track 2 - Psalm 123
- Track 3 - Psalm 133
- Track 4 - Psalm 136
- Track 5 - De Profundis
- Track 6 - De Profundis
- Track 7 - Sing to the Lord a New Song
- Track 8 - The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee
- Track 9 - Psalm 150
- Track 10 - My Song Shall Be Alway of the Loving-Kindness of the Lord
- Track 11 - Psalm 84
- Track 12 - Psalm 42
- Track 13 - Psalm 113
- Track 14 - Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord A New Song
- Track 15 - Give Thanks Unto the Lord
- Track 16 - Cantate Domino
Those who know the Deux Rapsodies of Loeffler...will find the Loeffler they love in this beautiful work, which is musically the jewel of this album. The severe difficulties of the Schoenberg De Profundis have brought out the best in this group, and the give us an excellent performance. This is anguished, passionate music...all the singers perform their difficult parts with commitment and excellent tone, to overwhelming effect.
- Musicweb International