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Mysterium Crucis, Graces & Voices / Gregorian Chants for the stations of the cross

Audio Samples

>Chant, Gregorian : Vexilla regis prodeunt, hymn in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 575)
>Chant, Gregorian : Nos autem gloriari oportet
>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est, gradual in mode 5 (Liber Usualis, No 655)
>Chant, Gregorian : Lectio
>     Lectio
>     Lectio
>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, troped alleluia (Graduale von Albi)
>Chant, Gregorian : Protege Domine
>Chant, Gregorian : Per signum Crucis
>Chant, Gregorian : Agnus Dei Christus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Surrexit pastor bonus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, responsorium (Graduale von Albi)
>Chant, Gregorian : Cux fidelis, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Crux benedicta nitet, responsorium (Liber Hymnarius)
>Chant, Gregorian : O Crux benedicta
>Chant, Gregorian : O crux, viride lignum, responsorium
>Chant, Gregorian : O crux splendidior, antiphon in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 1453)
>Chant, Gregorian : Hoc signum Crucis erit in coelo

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Vexilla regis prodeunt, hymn in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 575)
>Chant, Gregorian : Nos autem gloriari oportet
>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est, gradual in mode 5 (Liber Usualis, No 655)
>Chant, Gregorian : Lectio
>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, troped alleluia (Graduale von Albi)
>Chant, Gregorian : Protege Domine
>Chant, Gregorian : Per signum Crucis
>Chant, Gregorian : Agnus Dei Christus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Surrexit pastor bonus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, responsorium (Graduale von Albi)
>Chant, Gregorian : Cux fidelis, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
>Chant, Gregorian : Crux benedicta nitet, responsorium (Liber Hymnarius)
>Chant, Gregorian : O Crux benedicta
>Chant, Gregorian : O crux, viride lignum, responsorium
>Chant, Gregorian : O crux splendidior, antiphon in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 1453)
>Chant, Gregorian : Hoc signum Crucis erit in coelo
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Notes & Reviews:

This unique disc, a selection of the most hauntingly beautiful and moving Gregorian chants for the Feasts of the Cross, was inspired by the mood of the Lithuanian Hill of Crosses. The deeply impressive scene was erected as a monument against religious oppression under Communist rule and has served to inspire many with its great beauty. Graces & Voices draw on the spiritual power of the place to feed a spring of beauty in Gregorian chant that will both soothe and inspire.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
In the notes, Dr Franz Karl Prassl mentions the "vast amount of detailed information about performance practice in its staffless neume notation"; but it doesn't sound to me as though Graces & Voices has departed very much from the received tradition, except, perhaps, in the treatment of rhythm. Recent scholarship has suggested that medieval chant notation also signifies a more flexible treatment of pitch than we are now used to hearing. I don't hear any of that in this performance. But this takes nothing away from the quality of the singing. The women produce a pure sound. Notes are in English, but texts are in Latin and German only.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österre (03/28/2012-03/31/2012).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Vexilla regis prodeunt, hymn in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 575)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Nos autem gloriari oportet
  • Performer: Antanina Kalechyts (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est, gradual in mode 5 (Liber Usualis, No 655)
  • Performer: Antanina Kalechyts (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Lectio :: Lectio
  • Performers: Aliona Kalechyts (Chant); Sonja Weber (Chant)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, troped alleluia (Graduale von Albi)
  • Performers: Roberta Daugelaite (Voice); Aliona Kalechyts (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Protege Domine
  • Performers: Antanina Kalechyts (Voice); Adrija Cepaite (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Per signum Crucis
  • Performer: Sonja Weber (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : Agnus Dei Christus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
  • Performer: Vita Diskeviciute (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Surrexit pastor bonus, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
  • Performer: Antanina Kalechyts (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Dulce lignum, responsorium (Graduale von Albi)
  • Performer: Sonja Weber (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Lectio :: Lectio
  • Performers: Adrija Cepaite (Chant); Antanina Kalechyts (Chant)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Cux fidelis, responsorium (Codex Hartker)
  • Performer: Roberta Daugelaite (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Crux benedicta nitet, responsorium (Liber Hymnarius)
  • Performer: Adrija Cepaite (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : O Crux benedicta
  • Performer: Sonja Weber (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : O crux, viride lignum, responsorium
  • Performer: Aliona Kalechyts (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : O crux splendidior, antiphon in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 1453)
  • Performer: Sonja Weber (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Hoc signum Crucis erit in coelo
  • Performer: Diana Astrauskiene (Voice)
  • Notes: Sommerrefektorium des Stiftes Rein, Steiermark, Österreich (03/28/2012-03/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.