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Chant: Missa Latina / The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz; Ensemble Vox Gotia

Notes & Reviews:

"Chant - Missa Latina" includes all the chants of the Mass (in the ordinary rite) of the opening to the "Ite missa est". using "Chant - Missa Latina" would like to invite the Holy Cross monks appreciate the spiritual power of the Latin liturgical language re- to learn. It supports the "Singing monks of Heiligenkreuz" from the impressive ensembleVox Gotica with the polyphonic "Missa sine nomine" of the late Gothic composer Guillaume Dufay. As with all Chant CDs of the proceeds of the training of priests students from the Third World at the University of the Holy Cross serves.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
One seldom finds complete recordings of Latin Masses, readings and all. Aside from the Credo and the hymn 'Adoro te Devote', which are beautifully melodic, the readings are the wordiest items in the Mass. As Father Wallner says, "the calm melodies allow both singers and listeners to plunge into the sphere of the mystery of God". The second half of the program is dominated by Guillaume Dufay's Sine Nomine Mass and the fauxbourdon (chordal) setting of 'Ave Maris Stella', beautifully performed by Ensemble Gotica. They show complete command of the difficult counterpoint in the Mass, and the rich sonorities of the hymn sound gorgeous. Reverberation helps to smooth over rhythmic complexity.


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