Matins - Afternoon Prayers
While I'd like to think that I enjoy a wide variety of musical styles, I'd have to admit that I was never a fan of classical music, string quartets or chamber music. So when I first learned about the release of the first Matins album, I was a little bit skeptical. However, since I liked the Lauds and Vespers series, I decided to give Matins a try. To my surprise, not only did I enjoy the first album, it quickly became my favorite, and I couldn't wait for the second album, Marian Matins, to be released.
The recording of the Matins albums is beautiful and crisp, and seems to bring new life to familiar songs. The arrangements bring an invigorating energy to favorite Jesuit compositions from Fr. Manoling Francisco, Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros and others. The rich tones of the string instruments conveys the emotions of each song in a soothing -- and sometimes haunting -- manner.
I enjoy listening to these albums after a long stressful day. Sitting on a couch, I close my eyes, and let the music transport me to peaceful sanctuary, where -- for a moment anyway -- all my troubles are lifted away.
Victor J. Quimson