Chant - Music for the Soul

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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 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 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. Two of the most satisfying tracks are simply the tolling of the bells of the ...
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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 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 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. 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 very loud, and the listener will probably want to adjust the levels to avoid being blown out of the room.
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.

There is always a special frisson in hearing chant performed by monks rather than professional singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947668220
  • Catalog Number: 001148902
  • Sales rank: 25,985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In paradisum, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (4:28)
  2. 2 Subvenite, responsory in mode 4 - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (2:28)
  3. 3 Libera me, Domine, de Morte Eterna, responsory - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (4:26)
  4. 4 Church Bells - Recorded Sound (1:36)
  5. 5–13 Missa pro defunctis - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (15:36)
  6. 14–25 Office of Compline - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (17:13)
  7. 15 Church Bells: Stift Heiligenkreuz Bells - Recorded Sound (1:00)
  8. 16 Veni creator spiritus - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (2:32)
  9. 17 Spiritus domini, introit in mode 3 - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (2:38)
  10. 18 Factus est repente, comminio - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (1:17)
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Album Credits

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Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz Primary Artist
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    Must for all to listen to.

    A very inspiring work of art. Did my Viennese heart good. Thanks B & N for stocking it.

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