Exciting new contemporary choral works are paired with works by the Medieval and Renaissance composers who served as an inspiration to their modern counterparts. Morten Lauridsen's stunning Madrigali: Six Firesongs on Italian Renaissance Poetry is the featured choral song cycle on the CD. These are paired with pieces by Italian Renaissance composers Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo – Lauridsen considers his Madrigali to be an homage to the works of these two composers. The Women's Schola of Seattle Pro Musica sing the repertoire which has become their specialty – music by the 12th-century abbess and composer Hildegard von Bingen – and the full choir performs new works by Chicago composer Frank Ferko that are based on and inspired by Hildegard's poetry. Also on the CD are Arvo Pärt's beautiful Magnificat and Karen P. Thomas' Medieval Lyrics, the latter written especially for Seattle Pro Musica.