Pope Benedict XVI's album launched

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London, Nov 11 (ANI): An album featuring Pope Benedict XVI, reciting and singing prayers and litanies, was launched yesterday.

The album titled 'Music from the Vatican' features the Pope reciting and singing prayers and litanies in five languages, including Latin, Italian and his mother tongue, German.

It has been produced by Geffen Records, which in the past has signed Nirvana, Guns 'N Roses, The Cure and Mary J Blige.

"We are honoured to be partners on this historic production which will, for the first time, bring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI to a worldwide audience through these stunning musical compositions," the Telegraph quoted Colin Barlow, president of Geffen UK as saying.

The Pope is accompanied by the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, with the classical music recorded at Abbey Road studios in London.

The Pope himself did not have to go into a studio - recordings of his singing and recitals were provided by Vatican Radio.

The specially-commissioned music was written by three composers, including the Simon Boswell, a Briton who has composed scores for more than 90 feature films, including several directed by Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director. (ANI)

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