Pope Benedict XVI will sing a Marian prayer as well as speaking Lauretan Litanies in Italian, Portuguese, French and German, accompanied by eight original pieces of modern classical music.
The album will be named Alma Mater. It will be released in 30 November 30th, during the post-Thanksgiving Christmas rush. According to reports, some of the proceeds from the album sales will be used to provide musical education for underprivileged children worldwide.
The album will be on the Geffen Records label. Hhe new compositions, by three as yet unnamed composers, will be announced by the Vatican in September. All that is really kow so far is that the pieces have been recorded this week by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road studios in London.
Geffen president Colin Barlow noted that the album may surprise people.
"When you are sitting in the basilica listening to it, you suddenly think that you are hearing something that could be incredibly special.That could be bad, if it puts people to sleep. No word as yet if the album will be available on iTunes.
"The Pope has got almost a lullaby tone to the way he sings."