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The complete Office of Sunday Vespers and Compline in Gregorian chant
The great bell of Solesmes calls the listener to the complete Office of Sunday Vespers and Compline on this exquisite chant recording. Includes Gregorian antiphons, psalms, hymns and the Angelus.
Track 1-Tolling of the Bell
Track 2-Antiphon and Psalm 109
Track 3-Antiphon and Psalm 110
Track 4-Antiphon and Psalm 111
Track 5-Antiphon and Psalm 112
Track 6-Reading and Brief Response
Track 7-Hymn and Versicle
Track 8-Antiphon Si Offers and Magnificat Canticle
Track 9-Litany and chanting of Our Father
Track 10-Collect and Conclusion
Track 11-Ringing of the Bells
Track 13-Psalm 4
Track 14-Psalm 90
Track 15-Psalm 133
Track 18-Antiphon Salve Regina
Track 19-Chiming of the Angelus
About the Author
Since the re-founding of the Abbey of St. Peter of Solesmes in 1833 under Dom Prosper Gueranger, this Benedictine monastery on the River Sarthe in western France has set the world standard both for the performance of Gregorian chant and the authenticity of the music itself. Commissioned by Pope Pius X to research the role of chant in liturgy and to edit books on chant that reflect this research, Solesmes enjoys an enviable reputation. Its work in liturgical reform and in the current revival of Gregorian chant has been likened to that of the great abbey of Cluny in the Middle Ages. These recordings incorporate new understandings of ancient manuscripts and represent a distillation of nearly 200 years of scholarship in the chant: musical paleography, semiology, and modality. The groundbreaking work by the monks of Solesmes has contributed to today’s resurgence of interest in Gregorian chant as the foundation of Western music.
"We hear the bells of Solesmes at the opening of the recording entitled, Vespers and Compline. The monastic offices are performed complete with the combination of psalms, antiphons, readings and canticles that could be heard in any Benedictine house daily. Their earliest recordings ...became classics in the field and ensured the monks' popular authority in the performance of chant. Vespers and Compline ...reveal the fruits of some more recent research into Gregorian rhythmic patterns and were recorded under the direction of Dom Jean Claire, choirmaster of the Abbey and noted Scholar. For historical interest, these recordings are fascinating ...and for the living tradition that Solesmes commenced and its popular appeal. " —Green Guide
“The most famous and ‘authentic’ recordings of Gregorian chant for generations have been those made by the Solesmes monks.” —The Boston Globe
“The music is utterly magnificent and the singing of this great choir is thrilling beyond words…it’s better to starve to this music than to live without it.” —Classic CD
“Supremely ethereal.”—USA Today
“Solesmes sets the standard for Gregorian chant performance.” —American Record Guide
"The success of Gregorian chant in the past century, and the centered richness of prayer it brings to all of us, is almost singularly due to the herculean efforts of the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, France."
"Communicates a mood of mystery, timelessness, peace, beauty, and contemplation."
"The Monks of Solesmes ... use the most authentic manuscripts and ancient documents to recover the original melodies."
"The monks' chanting is living, strong, unvarnished."
"The chant is organic and text-based ... the singing is full and well-supported."
"The recordings present entire liturgies, mostly sung live (creating) ... a sense of unbroken, focused prayer."
"There's something incredible fresh and new ... which is well worth your attention."
—New Liturgical Movement
"Beauty and immense spiritual power when sung by the Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France"
"The music is exceptionally inviting, engaging listeners' ears with beauty and elevating their thoughts no matter what their spiritual or religious beliefs and doctrines may be."
"The beauties of Gregorian chant...encourage inward looking, contemplation, thoughtfulness, a kind of separation from mundane affairs ... Gregorian chant resonates."
"The sensitive, careful, beautifully measured performances here can be used as an entry point to an earlier time."