Voices of the Abbeys: Plainchant & Polyphony
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Label: Harmonia Mundi
Cat No: HMX290854849
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 4th November 2016
Theatre of Voices
Theatre of Voices
From America to Europe, from New York to Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Venice and Granada, for over a 1000 years, the greatest composers have devoted their most beautiful masterpieces to these monuments. These memory sites o er in nite musical riches.
[Resonances] draws on Harmonia Mundiís prestigious back catalogue to restore this monumental heritage: 8 volumes of 2 albums, complete with illustrated booklets, maps and chronologies, accompanied by a comprehensive website.
Between the early Middle Ages and the 13th century, the great abbeys were key artistic centres, the focus of intensive musical creation. From Santiago de Compostela to Saint-Denis, from Royaumont to Fontevraud by way of Mont Saint-Michel, the walls of these imposing edifices echoed to the finest voices in the medieval West, in the service of the original sung repertory of the Roman Church: Gregorian chant. This anthology is an invitation to explore eight centuries of sacred music as it was celebrated in such monastic houses.
The early times and the rise of monastic life
1-2 Chant of the Church of Milan
3-4 Chant from Benevento Cathedral
5 Offertorium: Terra tremuit [Chant of the Church of Rome]
6-8 Old Roman Chant: Vespers of Easter Day (6th-13th centuries)
9-11 Gregorian Chant: Gallican responsories and monophonic chants
12-15 Cistercian Chant: Responsories of Matins for the Feast of St Bernard
The Romanesque Era
1-4 1000: Mass for the End of Time
The Great Pilgrimages
5-6 The Miracles of St James
Abelard and Heloise: from Saint-Denis to the Paraclete
7-10 Monastic Song: O quanta qualia, Virgines caste, Planctus cigne, De profundis
Towards the Gothic Era
11-13 Saint-Martial of Limoges and Aquitaine: Resonemus hoc natali, In hoc anni circulo, Orienti oriens
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