BENEDICTA:  Marian Chant from Norcia

BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia

by The Monks of Norcia
     
 
The potential buyer of an album of Gregorian chant has many choices, some of which have even reached top chart levels. But this one by the Monks of Norcia, a Benedictine group (said to make great beer) whose monastery is located near the original home of St. Benedict in Nurcia, Italy, stands out in several ways. First there is the

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The potential buyer of an album of Gregorian chant has many choices, some of which have even reached top chart levels. But this one by the Monks of Norcia, a Benedictine group (said to make great beer) whose monastery is located near the original home of St. Benedict in Nurcia, Italy, stands out in several ways. First there is the program: chant recordings tend to bifurcate into new agey relaxation exercises on one hand and involved scholarly exercises on the other. Monks of Norcia bring a group of chants on a single subject, Mary, with the different types specified (mostly antiphons and responsories): this gives the music content and focus without bogging down in detail. Second, the monks themselves are very fine singers; this is plainly an institution with a long musical history. Third, Universal does an exceptional job with the sound, recorded at the monastery itself and communicating the feeling that the singing is made to fit the place. And finally there is something common enough in places where chant is a living tradition in use, but exceedingly rare on recordings: the monks perform not only chants from the "classic" Gregorian tradition, but more recent works including one original (Nos, qui Christi iugum, track 31). All these factors combine to produce a chant recording that can fulfill a meditative function but that adds an immediacy of content that takes the music out of the purely meditative realm.

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Inspiring, beautiful music of Chant at it's very best - from Italy by The Monks of Norcia. BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia is the title for this new recording of 33 tracks of Gregorian chant, including favorite Marian antiphons such as "Regina Caeli" and "Ave Regina Caelorum" but also previously unrecorded chant versions of responsories and a piece originally composed by the monks (“Nos Qui Christi Iugum,”) Some pieces are sung by the entire group, some by smaller ensembles of monks and others by soloists, imbuing 'BENEDICTA' with a variety of sound. Recorded on location at the monastery in Norcia, Italy, the album was produced by 11-time Grammy Award-winning producer Christopher Alder and engineered by Grammy-Award winning engineer Jonathan Stokes.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2015
Label:
De Montfort Music
UPC:
0028948117338
catalogNumber:
002315302
Rank:
6325

Tracks

  1. Bells: Bells from the Basilica

    1. Bells from the Basilica  (00:37)
  2. Scripture Reading, Bible: Dominus possedit me (Proverbs 8:22-24, Reading for

    1. Dominus possedit me (Proverbs 8:22-24, Reading for Lauds of the Immaculate Conception)  (00:36)
  3. Solem justitiæ, responsory (On Mary's Born Feast)  (04:38)
  4. Scripture Reading, Bible: Ecce virgo concipiet (Isiah 7:14-15, Reading for L

    1. Ecce virgo concipiet (Isiah 7:14-15, Reading for Lauds of the Annuciation)  (00:31)
  5. Gaude Maria virgo cunctas hærese, responsory (Pozsony Antiphonal)  (02:51)
  6. Alma redemptoris mater  (01:58)
  7. Scripture Reading, Bible: Cui comparabo te? (Lamentations 2:13, reading for

    1. Cui comparabo te? (Lamentations 2:13, reading for Lauds of Our Lady of Sorrows)  (00:39)
  8. Vadis propitiator, responsory in mode 7  (04:29)
  9. Ave regina celorum, antiphon  (01:44)
  10. Regina coeli, antiphon  (01:52)
  11. Concordi laetitia  (02:09)
  12. Scripture Reading, Bible: Benedixit te (Judith 13:22, Reading for Lauds of t

    1. Benedixit te (Judith 13:22, Reading for Lauds of the Assumption)  (00:34)
  13. Vidi speciosam, responsory, mode 3  (04:48)
  14. Christi virgo dilectissima, responsory  (02:50)
  15. Scripture Reading, Bible: Ab initio (Sirach 24:14, Reading for the Office of

    1. Ab initio (Sirach 24:14, Reading for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)  (00:28)
  16. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor, caritas song to the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday  (01:37)
  17. Salve regina, antiphon for choir  (02:59)

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