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La Rocca: Requiem for the Forgotten / Sparks, Benedict XVI Choir & Orchestra

La Rocca: Requiem for the Forgotten / Sparks, Benedict XVI Choir & Orchestra

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Cappella Records proudly announces the release of Frank La Rocca’s “Requiem for the Forgotten - Messe des Malades”, performed by Benedict XVI Choir and Orchestra, directed by renowned international conductor Richard Sparks.

“Requiem for the Forgotten” commemorates the displaced and the homeless, constructing a musical sanctuary for the soul while championing the inherent dignity of every person, particularly those who have been forsaken. Drawing upon his Ukrainian heritage, La Rocca’s setting of a poem on Ukrainian priest Andrei Ischak (martyred by the Bolsheviks) deeply resonates with those enduring oppression today. The composer’s late sister Carin, who valiantly confronted the challenges of multiple sclerosis, gave inspiration to the “Messe des Malades” (Mass for the Sick). It underscores the universal need for healing, capturing the composer’s personal journey as well in every note. Infused with an ethical power towards empathy, this music moves us to use our own gifts in a more excellent way for a broken world.

Benedict XVI Choir’s début recording of these works is sung by some of America’s finest singers, many GRAMMY®-nominated. Sung in Latin and English. Booklet includes all translations.

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 15, 2024


  • UPC: 753459808627


  • Catalog Number: CR430


  • Label: Cappella Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Contemporary


  • Composer: Frank LaRocca


  • Conductor: Richard Sparks


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Benedict XVI Orchestra


  • Performer: Chelsea Helm, Savannah Porter, Cecilia Duarte, Helen Karloski, Timothy Hodges, John Ramseyer, Michael Hawes, Michael T.C. Hey