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Eternal Chants Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, October 25, 1994
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Product Details

  • Performer: Eternal Chant
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002J2X
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Viae Viri Sancti - Psalm 109: Dixit Dominus
2. Qui Sedes
3. Rorate Caeli
4. Beginning Of Christmas Vespers: Harmonized Invitatory
5. Jubilate
6. Ecce Advenit
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Alleluia, Veni, Domine
2. Antiphons For Advent: Jucundare Filla Sion
3. Alma Redemptoris
4. Sanctus
5. Stirps Jesse
6. Juncundare
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Bells & Footsteps
2. Diffusa Est
3. Reading: Isaiah ch. 40, Verses 4-8
4. Jam Christus
5. Magnus Dominus (Psalm 47)
6. Birds & Bells
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Here's a set that for many collectors will slam the monk's gate on further chant acquisitions. In other words, this could be as close to a definitive compilation as there ever will be. What's more, it's beautifully packaged, intelligently programmed, and authentically performed--by real monastic, cathedral, and abbey choirs in authentic locations in France. The three discs were compiled from the catalog of Studio SM, a French label that has specialized in recording chant for more than 40 years. Although there is some variance in sound quality and in the performing styles of the different choirs, the overall production values are impressive. Solemn and uplifting moments mingle with the charming: during one of the selections, we hear both the bells and birds of Tarnie Abbey. The 40-page booklet contains extensive liner notes, photographs, texts, and translations. --David Vernier

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Kirven on November 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i am doing a performance art work based on umberto eco's "the name of the rose." the novel takes place in an abbey, and the story is structured around the daily pattern of prayer observed by the monks. i was hoping to find some nice recordings of gregorian chant, but i wasn't prepared to find EXACTLY what i needed! what a nice surprise -- not everything in life has to be suffering and pain i suppose... i digress. the quality of the recordings is excellent, and i really appreciate the abient noises in the background (bells, doors opening, birds, wind, etc). these sounds are proof of the authenticity of the experience -- you are hearing the monks as they progress through their day -- it is so nice to hear something that wasn't constructed electronically in a sound studio. the collection is great for people who want relaxing and/or spiritual music, but it is also very important to those students of monastic life who want to understand better the daily rituals that make up a monk's life. you might also be interested in this compilation if you are studying music history or music appreciation, or if you are interested in hearing music sung in latin (a good resource for language students). all in all this is the best gregorian chant collection i've been able to find after much searching: great sound quality, consistency (same people's voices, same acoustics, etc) logical progressions through the provided selections, and reasonable pricing. this compilation is also great if you need a thorough survey of gregorian chant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maurice D'Archonnoir on May 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It is really hard to find a decent Gregorian Chant Collection. The only possible alternatives are "musique d'abord" series of harmonia mundi/france, or DG's double disc gregorian chant album. But here, we have a three disc collection of unequaled magnificence. All recorded in abbeys or monasteries throughout France that are indicated in a map of churches which can be found within the very illuminating booklet, alongside the names of performing artists or choirs, beautiful images and fully translated latin texts of the 67 recorded chants. (between 1970-1992)

the first disc offers the plainsong tradition without any accompaniment, it has some gorgeous surprises such as a hauntingly beautiful rendition of "alleluia: justus germinabit" sung by Chanterelle del Vasto. while the second and third discs possess some humble organ accompaniment or atmospheric bell sounds.

Overall this is the best gregorian compilation available. Very good quality sound, very deeply involved choir singing (which is very difficult to find) with excellent documentation. What can we ask more except for a second or third compilation like this one ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Cybulska on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Simple and unadorned distinctively presented and sung Gregorian Chant.

Eloquently and simply sung.

Recording includes bells and very simple harmonies, with an echo effect, as if sung within a simple monastery setting.

Nicely performed and presented.

Ken Cybulska
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Expert Listener on November 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A real stinker. The engineer has tried to create that "big cathedral sound" using reverb. And boy did he ever use it! Each cut starts out cleanly for a second or two until the reverb kicks in. The result is muddy, confused noise. The last note of nearly every line sounds out of tune because the reverb rarely catches up. Wish I could get my hands on the original tapes. Very good book though, or this would be a zero star rating.
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "kerberos" on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Consist of 3 CD's - An overview of Gregorian Chant - A Monk's day in Chants - Advent and Christmas This compilation is good for who want to know more of Gregorian Chants
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