• Anthology of early 1960s recordings by Jeannine Dekkers
, Soeur Sourire
("Sister Smile"), often better known simply as The Singing Nun
, a member of the Dominican order in Belgium who turned the pop world upside down in 1962 when her song Dominique soared to the top of the Billboard chart in America and became an international hit. Her album - featured here in its entirety - caught the mood of the time and sold almost 2 million copies and the programme of 20 songs is augmented by two moving religious organ pieces by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, performed by Messiaen himself on the organ of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris in 1956.
• Such was the success of the record, and much to the dismay of Dekkers, a fictionalised film of her life "The Singing Nun" was made by MGM in 1965 starring Debbie Reynolds.
• Dekkers was a fan of Elvis Presley and a Christian far ahead of her time.
• Her struggles and her regrettable demise are chronicled in Stijn Coninx's 2009 biopic "Soeur Sourire"
2. SŒUR ADÈLE
3. FLEUR DE CACTUS
4. COMPLAINTE POUR MARIE-JACQUES
5. JE VOUDRAIS
6. TOUS LES CHEMINS
7. PLUME DE RADIS
8. METS TON JOLI JUPON
11. J’AI TROUVÉ LE SEIGNEUR
12. ENTRE LES ÉTOILES
14. LES PIEDS DES MISSIONNAIRES
15. KABINDA (MA PETITE AMIE D’AFRIQUE)
16. MON CŒUR DE DIEU
17. MA PETITE MUSE
18. AVEC TOI
19. UNE FLEUR
20. PAUVRE DEVANT TOI
21. LE BANQUET CELESTE (The Heavenly Banquet)
22. L`ASCENSION (The Ascension)
Movement 1. Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloire a son Pere (Majesty of Christ Praying that His Father should Glorify Him)
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