Ever notice how music for the most sacred of purposes often ends up as the diabolical theme song to Satan's appearance in a Hollywood movie? The title of this disc translates as "Instruments of the Devil, Music of the Angels." Pieces like "L'Eglise" are highly spiritual and angelic, taken right from the Catholic liturgical soundscape. "La Bete," however, is a disturbing invitation into his satanic majesty's presence, complete with snorting pigs. Organist Frederique Lory leads eight other musicians and a female chorus in the music. His compositions and arrangements draw on the medieval Celtic sounds of Bretonnes, France. Perhaps the most bizarre piece, though, is "Le Peuple." This piece could be the five-century-old field recording of a young peasant woman having a musical epiphany in a bustling marketplace. Actually, it may be a live Lory recording.
AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte