Bells: Bells from the Basilica
Sequence. Ave Maria.. Virgo serena (10th Century, Medieval sequence for Mass of the Annuciation)
Bible Reading: Dominus possedit me (Proverbs 8:22-24, Reading for Lauds of the Immaculate Conception)
Responsory. Nihil Inquinatum (19th Century, Vespers responsory of the Immaculate Conception)
Antiphon. Ait Dominus (19th Century, Benedictus antiphon for Lauds for the Immaculate Conception)
Responsory. Beatissimæ (10th Century, Vespers Responsory for the Nativity of Mary)
Antiphon. Regali ex progenie (10th Century, Luds antiphon for the Nativity of Mary)
Responsory. Solem justitiæ (10th Century, Responsory for Matins for the Nativity of Mary)
Bible Reading: Ecce virgo concipiet (Isiah 7:14-15, Reading for Lauds of the Annuciation)
Responsory. Gaude Maria (10th Century, Vespers Responsory for the Annuciation)
Antiphon. Gabriel Angelus (11th Century, Magnificat antiphon for Vespers of the Annuciation)
Responsory. Sancta et immaculata (12th Century, Matins Responsory for Christmas)
Antiphon. Rubum quem viderat (12th Century, Lauds antiphon for the Octave of Christmas)
Antiphon. Alma Redemptoris Mater (10th Century, Marian prayer sung at compline during Advent and Christmas)
Antiphon. Tuam ipsius animam (16th Century, Vespers antiphon for Our Lady of Sorrows)
Bible Reading: Cui comparabo te? (Lamentations 2:13, reading for Lauds of Our Lady of Sorrows)
Responsory. Vadis Propitiator (12th Century, Responsory for Matins on Good Friday)
Antiphon. Ave Regina Cælorum (12th Century, Marian prayer sung at compline during Lent)
Antophon. Lætare Virgo Mater (19th Century, From antiphons dedicated to the Rosary)
Antiphon. Regina Cæli (11th Century, Marian prayer sung at compline during Paschaltide)
Hymn. Concordi lætitia (14th Century, Hymn in honor of the Resurrection)
Bible Reading: Benedixit te (Judith 13:22, Reading for Lauds of the Assumption)
Responsory. Vidi speciosam (10th Century, Vespers Responsory for the Assumption)
Antiphon. Virgo Prudentissima (10th Century, Magnificat antiphon for Vespers of the Assumption)
Responsory. Virgo parens Christi (13th Century, Responsory for Matins for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Antiphon. Sub tuum præsidium (10th Century, Devotional antiphon)
Bible Reading: Ab initio (Sirach 24:14, Reading for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Responsory. Ave Maria (11th Century, Lauds Responsory for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Hymn. O gloriosa Domina (11th Century, Lauds Hymn for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Hymn. Ave maris stella (12th Century, Vespers Hymn for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Antiphon. Nos qui Christi iugum (Devotional antiphon)
Antiphon. Salve Regina (10th Century, Marian prayer sung at compline after Pentecost)
Benedicta (19th Century, Lauds antiphon for the Immaculate Conception)
Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Monks of Norcia team up with 11-time Grammy Award-winning producer Christopher Alder and acclaimed sound engineer Jonathan Stokes to release Benedicta, an album of stunning Gregorian chant that transports the listener to the Monks' idyllic monastery in Italy. Their debut album on De Montfort Music/Decca/UMC, Benedicta consists of 30 tracks of Marian chant, including the well known "Regina Caeli" and "Ave Regina Caelorum" as well as original and previously unreleased songs.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The interpretations are traditional, but the homogeneity of the choral sound is remarkable and would be the envy of any professional choir. The booklet includes minimal annotations, but complete texts and translations.
Audio Mixer: Jonathan Stokes.
Liner Note Author: Cassian Folsom.
Recording information: Monastero di San Benedetto, Norcia, Italy.
Editor: Christopher Alder .
Photographers: Christopher Owens; Stefano Lazzari; Christopher McLallen; Charles Kinnane.
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