The father of organized Western monasticism is celebrated with Mass and Office chants as well as organ music played on the Grandes orgues at Solesmes.
1CD - 49min.
Directed by Dom Jean Claire.
“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."