Ultimate Chant

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Naxos' double-disc release of Ultimate Chant: Music of Ethereal Beauty brings together recordings by four groups trained in singing Gregorian chant and offers examples of the various types of chants historically used in the Roman Catholic Church. The performances are idiomatic and attuned to the special nuances of phrasing required in singing chants, particularly in the careful use of dynamics and tempos to keep the monody expressive and fluid. On the whole this collection is even in tone and consistent in mood, though the sounds of each group are distinctive, whether they are constituted of men, as is the Nova Schola Gregoriana, or of women, as are Aurora Surgit, In ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Naxos' double-disc release of Ultimate Chant: Music of Ethereal Beauty brings together recordings by four groups trained in singing Gregorian chant and offers examples of the various types of chants historically used in the Roman Catholic Church. The performances are idiomatic and attuned to the special nuances of phrasing required in singing chants, particularly in the careful use of dynamics and tempos to keep the monody expressive and fluid. On the whole this collection is even in tone and consistent in mood, though the sounds of each group are distinctive, whether they are constituted of men, as is the Nova Schola Gregoriana, or of women, as are Aurora Surgit, In Dulci Jubilo, and Schola Hungarica. The program offers some well-known melodies, such as the "Requiem aeternam" and "Crux fidelis," though the majority of the recordings are of less famous chants from the ordinary of the mass and the propers that are generally not the most frequently performed. Still, as a broad survey of chants that can also serve double-duty as an album for relaxation or reflection, Ultimate Chant fulfills its implied purpose, despite its rather pretentious title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313800773
  • Catalog Number: 8578007-08
  • Sales rank: 149,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Regem cui omnia vivunt (invitatorium) - Aurora Surgit & Gregorian Chant (6:27)
  2. 2 Adorate Deum, introit in Mode 7 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:06)
  3. 3 Levavi oculos meos, cantus - Anonymous & Alberto Turco (6:35)
  4. 4 De profundis - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:29)
  5. 5 Domine convertere - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:22)
  6. 6 Mass for the Holy Lance and the Nails, for chorus & organ - Hans Kotter & Schola Hungarica (12:39)
  7. 7 Crux fidelis, inter omnes, hymn (GR 182) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:28)
  8. 8 Ecce nomen Domini - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (5:37)
  9. 9 Subvenite, responsory in mode 4 - Aurora Surgit & Gregorian Chant (2:55)
  10. 10 Requiem aeternam (introitus) - Kyrie - Anonymous & Aurora Surgit (3:52)
  11. 11 Jubilate Deo universa terra, offertory for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, Mode 6 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (7:49)
  12. 12 Mass for Saint Monica, for chorus & organ (Das Gänsebuch): Offertorium - Schola Hungarica & Anonymous, German (1:14)
  13. 13 Domine, audivi, tractus - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (7:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kyrie eleison - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (1:36)
  2. 2 Si quis sermonem, psallenda - Alberto Turco & Ambrosian Chant (1:29)
  3. 3 Epistula (l. Thess. 4, 13 - 18) - Anonymous & Aurora Surgit (2:58)
  4. 4 Dominus illuminatio mea, introit 4th Sunday after Pentecost - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (5:48)
  5. 5 Laetetur cor, Introitus - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:08)
  6. 6 Dixit Raphael angelus, offertorium - Anonymous & Alberto Turco (3:53)
  7. 7 Prex eucharistica - Anonymous & Aurora Surgit (6:37)
  8. 8 Pater Noster and Communion Rite - Aurora Surgit & Gregorian Chant (5:16)
  9. 9 Populus Sion, introit - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:13)
  10. 10 Mass for Saint Lawrence, for chorus & organ: Introitus - Schola Hungarica & Arnolt Schlick (1:48)
  11. 11 Passio Domini, evangelium passions et mortis Domini (John 2) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (34:17)
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