Double CD album dedicated to Gregorian chant (named for the compilation task attributed to Pope Gregory the Great), widely used in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. The origin of this chant date back to the musical practice of the Jewish synagogues and the first Christian communities. Sacred music, both solemn and spectacular.
Who would ever have thought that Benedictine plainsong would ever cross over into the mainstream? Well, in some ways it is hardly surprising that it did. Anyone who has ever wandered around some of the great monasteries of Europe will have listened in awe to the chant of the monks at various prayer times. Simplistic beauty is the only way to describe it. The sound of male voices echoing through the cavernous halls of a Gothic monmastery church brings with it a quality which it would be impossible and unwise to recreate in the studio. This tuly is music which, if taken out of the architectural context for which it ewas intended, ceases to have the effect that was intended.
Elmore Leonard's brittle novel is brought to the screen in this adaptation by director Abel Ferrara and screenwriter James Borrelli. Peter Weller plays George Moran, a Miami hotel owner who in times past fought in Santo Domingo during the American intervention into that country. George finds himself drawn back to Santo Domingo to try to find a woman who had given him the moniker of Cat Chaser. Instead of the woman he is looking for, George finds Mary (Kelly McGillis), and as it comes to all men, George ends up having a passionate affair with Mary – so passionate, in fact, that Mary announces to her husband Andres (Tomas Milian) that their marriage is over. Unfortunately for Mary and George, Andres, who at one point in the past was the head of the Santo Domingo secret police, has other ideas concerning the dissolution of their marriage.