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Gregorian Christmas

November 8, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Label: Cobra Entertainment LLC
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Cobra Entertainment LLC.
  • Total Length: 1:57:52
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  • ASIN: B005XOQG1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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To others, it may sound strange for Christmas music.
DannyBoy
The performance is spot-on, with excellent intonation and pace, and voices nicely blended.
mab
Is a great addition to my Christmas music collection.
Stephanie Burns

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By melissa brown on November 6, 2013
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A rare, intimate, and realistic gem of Gregorian Chant.
CantArte is a fine ensemble of 14 male vocalists formed in 1991 based upon the idea of former cathedral choir and church music director Hubert Velten. Velten (1938-2010) is the former director of the Academy of Catholic Church Music and Music Education in Regensburg.

His sensitivity to the performance of Sacred Music is captured in "Gregorian Christmas".
The quality provides to this subjective listener a sense of tranquility of an intimate worship space that emanates from the Sacred Factor found in higher levels of worship music. It invokes contemplative meditation in the evolution from Awe to Reverence and Metanoia.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. M. L. Wilson on May 6, 2012
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Can't go wrong with this. Amazing bargain. Very soothing, nice voices. I play it all day as I'm working at my PC. Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tman1948 on June 27, 2012
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This is a very good Gregorian Christmas chant album worth every penny. Soothing and peaceful it will relax your soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony F. on December 10, 2014
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This review is more to explain what's occurring on this album. I saw some reviews saying that this is not Christmas music and well, some of it is and most of it is Advent music.

First a short history lesson. These chants all relate to the old mass (and also the pre-Vatican II Divine Office), what is now known as the Extraordinary Form (EF) Mass (or the Tridentine Mass) after Pope Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum. The Mass grew from the early Church, was codified by Pope St. Pius V at the Council of Trent (16C) and existed (and continues to do so) until the Novus Ordo Mass (the one that the vast majority of Catholics only know) came into being in 1969. If you're a Catholic who is lucky enough to have an EF Mass offered nearby (approved by Ecclesia Dei of course) then these would be the chants or prayers you would hear during the Advent Masses.

A few notes on the parts of the EF Mass (some of which still exist in the Ordinary Form). Intriotus (or Introit in English) is the opening prayer of the Mass. It occurs after the procession and the prayers at the foot of the altar. Graduale (or Gradual) is the prayer between the Epistle and Alleluia. The Hallelujah (or Alleluia) is prayed between the Gradual and the Gospel. Offertorium (offertory) is prayed during (choir) or before (priest) the priest makes the offerings of the gifts. Communio (Communion) is rayed during (choir) or after (priest) Communion.

For each track:

#1 - Conditor alme siderum comes from Vespers (Evening prayer of of the Divine Office). It's a hymn for the Advent season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mab on November 13, 2014
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Gregorian chant is its own medieval style (think roughly 800 to 1200 A.D.), so don't expect any organ swelling or jingle bells tinkling. Until you become familiar with it, you probably won't know one piece from another. That's doubly true if you don't know Latin. The slightly hypnotic effect of the chant does not sound "Christmassy" to modern ears--nor should it, since pretty much the same style of chant was used year round. But that's okay--you can still fully enjoy the calming effect of music designed purposely to refocus the listener's attention on the eternal and sublime.

The chief seasonal difference is in the lyrics, which are prayers, Masses, and scriptures proper to the Christmas season. I was delighted to hear again several selections we sang in choir when I was a girl. Catholics who have ached with longing for the rich musical heritage so seldom heard nowadays will appreciate this album.

The performance is spot-on, with excellent intonation and pace, and voices nicely blended. I was not previously acquainted with this group, but you may be sure I'll be seeking out more of their work. A terrific bargain at less than a dollar for nearly two hours of musical bliss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
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This is great music if you celebrate Advent in a traditional way, and don't listen to carols, per se, until the actual Christmas season begins Dec. 25. Not typical Christmas music, but well done, and perfect for Advent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Johnson on December 13, 2013
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If you like chant, this is a very nice selection - and who can complain about fifty tracks at the price of sixty-nine cents??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David D. on December 13, 2013
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How can you go wrong at this price and for such beautiful music. Even if you just use it as background music. I don't know who the performers are but as far as I'm concerned, they are great. I first heard of Gregorian Chant when Gov. Jerry Brown said it was his favorite kind of music. I looked into it and found that it is soothing and melodious. I can't tell the difference between Easter Chants and Christmas, but it all sounds good. A great addition for any chant collection.
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