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Chant - Music for the Soul [Holiday Edition] / Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz Abbey

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : In paradisum, antiphon
>Chant, Gregorian : Subvenite, responsory in mode 4
>Chant, Gregorian : Libera me, Domine, de Morte Eterna, responsory
>Sound, Recorded : Church Bells
>Chant, Gregorian : Requiem Mass
>Chant, Gregorian : Office of Compline
>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus
>Chant, Gregorian : Spiritus Domini, introit in mode 3
>Chant, Gregorian : Factus est repente, communio
>Chant, Gregorian : Conditor alme siderum, hymn, mode 4
>Chant, Gregorian : Magnificat
>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
>Chant, Gregorian : Missa "Rorate" (for Advent)
>Chant, Gregorian : A solis ortus cardine, hymn in mode 3 (Liber Usualis 400)
>Chant, Gregorian : Benedictus
>Chant, Gregorian : Sub tuum praesidium, antiphon in mode 7
>Chant, Gregorian : Missa "Puer Natus" (for Christmas)
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Notes & Reviews:

With the continued success of 'Chant – Music for the Soul', Decca is proud to announce a special holiday 2-CD edition of Chant. This set includes the original Chant CD with a bonus, 60-minute second CD of Advent and Christmas chants. At a two-for-one price this is the perfect gift to bring serenity into our hectic holiday lives.

Notes & Reviews:

Chant: Music for the Soul is a series of 29 biblically inspired meditations sung by monks at the Cistercian Abbey near Vienna, Austria, where the order has existed since the year 1133. Recorded and released in 2008, the album hit number one on the Austrian pop charts and reached the Top Ten in the U.K.. Profits from sales, it is said, will fund scholarships for students from other countries who wish to study at the Abbey, known locally as Stift Heiligenkreuz. The chants, largely based upon Psalms and including the Canticle of Simeon from the Book of Luke, are grouped into four breathtaking rituals whose titles translate as "Into Paradise," "Mass for the Dead," "Night Prayer" and "Spirit of the Lord." The most striking qualities of this music are the gentleness of the voices and the spatial and acoustic dynamics of the edifice within which the chanting was carried out. Gregorian chant is sung in Latin and in unison without any instrumentation, so as to create a devotional conduit directly from a group of individuals to the deity. One very simple melodic line is sung without harmony. The chants are composed in what is described as "a free musical rhythm that rises and falls in accord with the inner meaning of the melody and the words." As is the case with a cappella sacred music from cultures all over the world, the listener might well experience a near-complete suspension of the sense of the passage of time. While conventional musicologists have often bent over backwards to deny it, the Cistercians themselves openly state that "the melodies have their ultimate roots in the Jewish Temple Liturgy." During the 1990s, a resurgence of interest in Gregorian chant took place when traditional plainsong recordings by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos began to sell in quantities usually associated with pop music. This surprising development eventually led to a series of weirdly inappropriate tribute albums to Elvis Presley, Elton John, ABBA, and Celine Dion wherein pop lyrics were incongruously filtered through the mouths of individuals who sang in the style of Gregorian chant, with instrumental accompaniment. While these crossover experiments (which corrupted the ancient formula and exploited the essence of the music) were perhaps inevitable, many feel that the results conveyed little more than shallow vulgarity and commercial debasement. Happily, and quite successfully, the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz have given the world a beautiful recording that is faithful to the humble dignity of authentic plainsong. It may be savored and appreciated by individuals of any social background or spiritual inclination. Listeners may find it at once tremendously moving and wonderfully relaxing. Twice during the proceedings the voices fall silent as the bells of Stift Heiligenkreuz reverberate throughout the ancient structure. ~ arwulf arwulf



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>Chant, Gregorian : In paradisum, antiphon
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Subvenite, responsory in mode 4
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Libera me, Domine, de Morte Eterna, responsory
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Sound, Recorded : Church Bells :: Stift Heilegenkreuz Bells
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Requiem Mass
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Office of Compline
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Sound, Recorded : Church Bells :: Stift Heilegenkreuz Bells
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Spiritus Domini, introit in mode 3
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Factus est repente, communio
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (03/31/2008-04/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Conditor alme siderum, hymn, mode 4
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Magnificat
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Missa "Rorate" (for Advent)
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : A solis ortus cardine, hymn in mode 3 (Liber Usualis 400)
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Benedictus
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Sub tuum praesidium, antiphon in mode 7
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Missa "Puer Natus" (for Christmas)
  • Notes: Sanctuary of the Relic of the Holy Cross in The Cistercian Abbey Stift Heilegenkreuz (09/08/2008-09/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Form: Christmas