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Gregorian Chants: The Best of the Benedictine Monks of St. Michael's

Denis Stevens , Benedictine Monks of St. Michael's de Laudes , The Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Benoit , The Ambrosian Singers , Fr. Joseph Montalbo Audio CD
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  • Performer: Denis Stevens, Benedictine Monks of St. Michael's de Laudes, The Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Benoit, The Ambrosian Singers, Fr. Joseph Montalbo
  • Audio CD (March 18, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cobra Entertainment LLC
  • ASIN: B000001VIR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sancte Dei
2. Salve Sanctus Parens
3. In Paradisum Angeli
4. Sanctus & Benedictus
5. Conditor Alme
6. Organ Voluntary
7. Te Lucis Ante Terminum
8. Christus Natus Christos
9. Kyrie Christe Eleison
10. Organ Voluntary
11. Gloria
12. Puer Natus Est
13. Sanctus & Benedictus, II
14. Beata Dei
15. Veni Sancte Spiritus
16. Organ Voluntary
17. In Paradisum Angeli, Reprise
18. Dominus Exsultemus

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Gregorian Chants by The Benedictine Monks Of St. Michaels

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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can do much better than this CD June 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only reason I gave this CD one star is because you cannot rate a CD with zero stars. I would not recommend this CD at all. First, several songs are not really Gregorian Plainchant. They will start out with chant and go into a strange polyphony. But the worst thing about this CD is that it is of a horrible recording quality. It sounds like the monks are singing into a microphone through a fan. Some of the songs they don't even finish, the recording just fades out. It is extremely low quality and I would highly recommend other recordings such as the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos or the monks of Solesmes. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CD! This is not a good example of Gregorian Chant.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DOMINE LABIA MEA APERIES May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Lord Open my Lips......"

I would suggest that anyone REALLY interested in PURE, GREGORIAN CHANT to access the following Carthusian Link:

[...]

You will hear Gregorian Chants as you have never heard before.
As a former Trappist Monk, where the Choir Monks sang the Divine Office each day - a total of about 7 hours - and in the Cistercian Chant, the CARTHUSIAN CHANT is by far the most pure of the two traditional chants. The Carthusians do NOT utilize any musical instruments as is used in some Trappist Communities and Benedictine Communities.

This recording is a rather poor rendition, but seems to please some listeners. For those purists among you, access the above site.

The Carthusian Gregorian Chant has its own renditions. You will notice whenever the Nuns or Monks are chanting the 'GLORIA' that the tempo is drastically reduced, and not rushed thru.

Background noises in this recording make it difficult to really appreciate the Chant.

In the Carthusian Chants - especially those from La Grande Chartreuse, France, the diction is crisp, clear and every Latin Word is distinguishable.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, with great depth of sound February 13, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One really hears the passion and life in the voices of these monks--keep in mind that this is not merely a group of singers who have assembled in the studio to record a CD, but rather, men whose lives are totally wrapped up in the mysteries of which they sing. I can really hear their struggles and love for God in their chants, and their harmonies are creative and sweet to the ear. True, if one is not familiar with this type of music--Gregorian Chant--it may sound a little spooky and strangely other-wordly. I would encourage the listener to look up on the Internet the portions of the Latin mass that are on this CD--the Gloria (#11), for example, and read the words in English along to sound of the song. That way, you can have a sense of the things about which the monks sing, which will bridge the distance between the listener and this genre of music.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased reponse to Caesarmagnus April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Agreed, the fan IS there, but I must admit they are actually singing well in the actual Solesmes style (based on these samples). I have heard superb chant and frighteningly bad chant. This is not as bad as it gets I assure you. Try to find something from a Seminary or Monastery.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice March 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent CD. Much better than the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos. St. Michael's are much more melodic, with better harmonies. The use of bells also helps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not chant, but gorgeous for what it is June 29, 2009
By EUS
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is not technically chant, but it's beautiful and inspiring for what it is. If you want to spend some time in contemplation and prayer and need an aid to help you from the distractions of daily life, I highly recommend this cd. It's haunting yet comforting. It takes you out of this fast-paced often relentless world to a place of utter peace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that shouldn't be judged by its cover. October 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Despite the poor reviews, which are justfiable, the music is good! The cover calls it gregorian chant. ALL THAT I CAN DO, IS CALL THE RECORD CoMPANY THIS:Poor misinformed brutes!
But that doesnt mean that the performers have done a lousy job....on the contrary. The music was WONDERFUL! So no stars for the record company....5 stars for the performers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Recording Quality/Scratched from Amazon November 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I read the reviews about the poor quality of the recording and I hate to say it, but it's true. Some of the chants have a choppy, "Luuke I am your faaahtha" fan sound to them that truly does mimic what it sounds like when you sing into a fan. I don't know if it was an effect or what, but it's distracting. Also several portions of 2 songs skip and I ordered this disc from Amazon, brand new.

Overall, the chants are lovely and it's what I wanted on that level, BUT had I known it would skip and have the fan effect, I would've purchased a different recording/CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!
I USE THIS CD IN MY THERAPY OFFICE AND I HAVE SEVERAL CLIENTS SAT THAT THEY EITHER HAVE AND LOVE IT OR THEY JUST LOVE IT!!!! AS DO I!!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Jimmy Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
IT WAS A GIFT.
Published 14 days ago by JOE IULIUCCI
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
wife loves it
Published 1 month ago by Ron Romanelli
5.0 out of 5 stars it sounds like Gregorian Chant
I ordered it and it came
Published 1 month ago by Forest Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good.thank you.
Published 2 months ago by SASSAN HIRBOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gorgeous!
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This a great cd for relaxation and listen while reding or even working or cleaning the house.
It gives me joy and peace. It was in perfect condition when I recived it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roberto Clemente Nunez
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Christo-Centric
I bought this book for a Clinical Pastoral Education unit (that was interfaith at the time) in 2006. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emily Blank
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
had read a great book about Gregorian chants & monks & wanted to have my own CD. Was not disappointed.
Published 9 months ago by Judy L. Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great peaceful music !!
I love to play this while praying the rosary before bed. A wonderful way to fall asleep !! I recommend this to everyone !
Published 10 months ago by Wendy S. Scholten
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