There is something edifying about the beautiful delivery of Via Crucis, a shy, simple 50-minute retelling of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The music, by Fr, Armando Pierucci, ofm, organist at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, seems to cross many barriers. It takes as its basis a series of poems by the Russian Roman Catholic poet Regina Derieva. Pierucci’s restrained settings not only feel apt for the forces (the Lithuanian Chamber Choir Aidija), but embrace an idiom that is timeless.
The choruses, solos and organ interludes are simple and diatonic, yet somehow fresh and original. The four soloists are first class. English and Italian translations are included.