Saturday, August 09, 2008

Monks singing our heritage

ex manus Paulinus

The Telegraph has an article about the Cistercian monks of Heiligenkreuz near Vienna and their fabulous CD of Gregorian Chant.

2 comments:

PeterHWright said...

Few of us are able to visit Stift Heiligenkreuz to hear the monks singing "live". This CD is the next best thing.

I understand many people buy CDs of Gregorian chant for "easy listening", to enjoy with a glass of wine, but as one of the monks points out, this is not a performance, it is the sound of the continuous prayer of the Church.

Oh yes, Gregorian chant is without question the noblest and most venerable form of singing, but the sound of the Cistercian monks in choir is also powerfully evocative of their life of austerity. That is what affects me most when I hear their unhurried chanting.

Pope Benedict was right when he described this as a little piece of heaven here on earth.

Henry said...

Very nice but this sounds slightly different from the version in the Liber Usualis, possibly it is a Cistercian variant, they seem to have their own version of the chants, as do some other orders.

I only say this as it means it shouldn't be used to learn from by listening to it.