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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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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 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947669838
  • Catalog Number: 001232202
  • Sales rank: 3,085

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: Stift Heilegenkreuz Bells - Recorded Sound & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (1:36)
  5. 5–13 Requiem Mass - 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 Heilegenkreuz Bells - Recorded Sound & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (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 - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (1:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Conditor alme siderum, hymn, mode 4 - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (1:54)
  2. 2 Magnificat - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (4:02)
  3. 3 Alma Redemptoris Mater - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (1:49)
  4. 4–12 Missa "Rorate" (for Advent) - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (19:56)
  5. 5 A solis ortus cardine, hymn in mode 3 (Liber Usualis No. 400) - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (4:02)
  6. 6 Benedictus - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (5:27)
  7. 7 Sub tuum praesidium, antiphon in mode 7 - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (0:53)
  8. 16–25 Missa "Puer Natus" (for Christmas) - Gregorian Chant & Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (22:38)
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Album Credits

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Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Gorgeous, but slightly meandering.

    Amidst the resonance of the Cistercian voices, it is easy to lose one's thoughts and worries to a greater sense of peace and solitude. Naturally, the time spent listening to such a work as this will be a welcome repose from the noise that all too often serves as the soundtrack to our modern lives. However, while there is aural peace to be found on these discs, it should not go without saying that there is no single track on either of the two that truly defines the collection; each disc is best heard in its entirety, unbroken, and without the expectation of soaring moments of glory.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    CHANT IS SOOTHING

    I gave this cd to my brother-in-law who is into meditation. He uses it when he drives to and from work. He loves it!

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