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By Jane Holstein
"Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life!"
Penned by Henry Van Dyke, a hundred years ago, and paired with the tune from the final movement of Beethoven's "Ninth," this one phrase sums up the power of music. Whether it is instrumental or choral, classical or modern, music from within the walls of a Gothic cathedral or the walls of a recording studio, enjoyment of sacred music continues to thrive.In this debut of a new quarterly review of the best in new sacred music, we've chosen from a variety of writers, performers, and styles from albums released in the first half of 2010.