Chant - Music for the Soul

Chant - Music for the Soul

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by Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
     
 

It's a now well-known story: When Universal UK placed ads in various religious publications encouraging monks and sacred singers to submit demos for consideration of a major recording contract, word reached the monks of the Cistercian Abbey Stift Heiligenkreuz in Vienna, who applied via a clip they had posted on YouTube. With their rich and evocative sound, the monks…  See more details below

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It's a now well-known story: When Universal UK placed ads in various religious publications encouraging monks and sacred singers to submit demos for consideration of a major recording contract, word reached the monks of the Cistercian Abbey Stift Heiligenkreuz in Vienna, who applied via a clip they had posted on YouTube. With their rich and evocative sound, the monks were the easy favorites. Suddenly these very modern monks were poised to become an overnight sensation, seized on by widespread international media.

During these times of stress and global turmoil, this album is the ultimate in relaxation and stress relief -- the perfect antidote to our fast-moving modern world. The power of chant is its timeless and universal appeal -- when people hear it, they love it. Listening to a few minutes of chant washes away the hectic outside world and transports the listener to a more relaxed place. This is the balm for the busy life. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's recording of chant sung by the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in southern Austria fulfills the purpose of this type of album: mellow, slow, reflective, unison chant melodies for general audiences. The CD has high production values; the sound is exceptionally clean and clear, with just enough resonance to evoke a monastic atmosphere. The singers have light, pleasant, natural-sounding tenors and baritones, and their voices blend smoothly. Their singing is more expressive than many performances of this repertoire, with a subtle use of dynamic shading that follows the melodic contours of the chant. In addition to antiphons, responsories, and hymns, the album includes music for complete services: a requiem and an order of compline. Two of the most satisfying tracks are simply the tolling of the bells of the monastery, with birdsong in the background. The notes, which reflect a Roman Catholic spirituality, don't identify the source or specific era of the chants being sung, but simply describe them as "Gregorian." The volume of the album is loud, and the listener will probably want to adjust the levels down if the goal is to establish an appropriately contemplative atmosphere.
BBC Music Magazine - Barry Witherden
There is always a special frisson in hearing chant performed by monks rather than professional singers.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947668220
catalogNumber:
001148902
Rank:
1198

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Tracks

  1. In paradisum, antiphon  -  Gregorian Chant
  2. Subvenite, responsory in mode 4  -  Gregorian Chant
  3. Libera me, Domine, de Morte Eterna, responsory  -  Gregorian Chant
  4. Church Bells  -  Recorded Sound
  5. Missa pro defunctis  -  Gregorian Chant
  6. Office of Compline  -  Gregorian Chant
  7. Church Bells: Stift Heiligenkreuz Bells  -  Recorded Sound
  8. Veni creator spiritus  -  Gregorian Chant
  9. Spiritus domini, introit in mode 3  -  Gregorian Chant
  10. Factus est repente, comminio  -  Gregorian Chant

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