Per anni circulum: Gregorian Chant | Brilliant Classics 95286

Per anni circulum: Gregorian Chant

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95286

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th August 2016

Contents

Artists

Schola Gregoriana Benedetto XVI

Conductor

Don Nicola Bellinazzo

Artists

Schola Gregoriana Benedetto XVI

Conductor

Don Nicola Bellinazzo

About

The soothing sounds of Gregorian chant reverberate from the very beginnings of Christianity to the present day. This timeless music still has the power to move and stir us, giving us a moment to pause and reflect on our busy lives. This release, Per anni circulum, charts a story that moves in full circle: from Advent, to the birth of Jesus Christ, to Passiontide, to his death and resurrection. Each event in the Christian calendar is celebrated or mourned. Holy Week, the most important of the year, starts with an antiphony for Palm Sunday, while the gradual of the Mass, along with three antiphonies and a hymn, accompany the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday. A responsory for the office of the readings for Good Friday relates to Jesus’s death, followed by an introit and Easter Day sequence to mark the joy of resurrection.

Don Nicola M. Bellinazzo – who combines his work as a conductor alongside his duties as a monk – runs the Schola Gregoriana Benedetto XVI in Bologna, a testament to his commitment to the continuing survival of Gregorian chant. The small group of soloists he conducts are all professional musicians, engaged in instrumental and choral performance. As well as performing, the members of the Schola also attend lessons on Gregorian culture and the genesis of the texts traditionally enacted in the liturgy – this makes for a performance not only highly authentic but also deeply heartfelt.

Track listing:
1. Introit: Ad te levavi
2. Gradual: Universi
3. Introit: Populus Sion
4. Dominus dixit
5. Trope: Quem quaeritis in praesepio
6. Introit: Puer natus est
7. Antiphon: Hosanna filio David
8. Gradual: Christus factus est
9. Antiphon: Dominus Jesus
10. In hoc cognoscent
11. Mandatum novum
12. Hymn: Ubi caritas
13. Responsory: Tenebrae factae sunt
14. Introit: Resurrexi
15. Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes
16. Responsory: Stirps Jesse

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