By the Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France.
Following the success of Gregorian Melodies Vol. I, the monks of Solesmes have released Gregorian Melodies II. This volume contains more of the most popular chants including the Te Deum, Stabat Mater, and Ave Maria. There are also chants for the Liturgical Year from Advent to Pentecost, chants devoted to Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament, and the Mass of the Angels.
All of the Gregorian chants on the recording have a corresponding page number next to the listing that refers to the Liber Cantualis.
This is an ideal CD with which to become acquainted with Gregorian chant. The sensitive performances by Dom Richard Gagneë and the monks of Solesmes enhance the value of this series.
"Here we have clean, sensibly phrased performances of 29 Gregorian melodies taken from the Liber Cantualis, each with its corresponding number in the Liber and respective place in the service and/or liturgical calendar. This recording contributes an intriguing strain to the debate over historical performance. The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey in Solesmes sings in a different dimension. Their tone is essentially clean, and their intonation impeccable. The result is a focused, calm, and consistent performance. They sing in a historically authentic mindset. This is a wholly satisfying offering, and a fine supplement to the body of recorded Gregorian chant."
— Early Music America