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Here is the two-decades-in-the-making recording from the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, featuring Gregorian Chant a millennium-old, recorded with up-to-date technology. Indescribably moving.

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Thanks to good marketing, good cover art, and good luck, this disc probably has sold more copies than most other recordings of Gregorian chant put together. It's often quipped that most of those discs have been listened to exactly once and put away--to the puzzlement of many musicians and critics, who point out that there are more beautiful, more varied performances by professional singers available. Yet the singing of these Spanish Benedictines has a special quality that probably explains this disc's popularity--a reverent serenity that no doubt stems from the fact that the monks are actually praying, not just performing. Granted, Chant can become a bit monotonous with repeated listening, but it really gives you the sense of devotion that has always been the purpose of "Gregorian" chant. If this recording (ahem) enchants you at first, wonderful. If you get bored with it later, don't give up--there has been an extraordinary variety of styles and sounds over the 1,500-year history of plainchant, so go exploring with Anonymous 4, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Sequentia, or Ensemble Organum. You won't be sorry. --Matthew Westphal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Puer Natus Est Nobis: Intriot (Modo VII)
  2. Os Iusti: Gradual (Modo I)
  3. Christus Factus Est Pro Nobis: Gradual (Modo V)
  4. Mandatum Novum Do Vobis: Antiphonal And Psalm 132 (Modo III)
  5. Media Vita In Morte Sumus: Responsorio (Modo IV)
  6. Alleluia, Beatus Vir Qui Suffert: (Modo I)
  7. Spiritus Domini: Introit (Modo VIII)
  8. Improperium: Offertorio (Modo VIII)
  9. Laetatus Sum: Gradual (Modo VII)
  10. Kyrie XI - A: (Modo I)
  11. Puer Natus In Bethlehem: Ritmo (Modo I)
  12. Jacta Cogitatum Tuum: Gradual (Modo VII)
  13. Verbum Caro Factum Est: Responsorio (Modo VII)
  14. Genuit Puerpera Regem: Antiphonal And Psalm 99 (Modo II)
  15. Occuli Omnium: Gradual (Modo VII)
  16. Ave Mundi Spes Maria: Sequenza (Modo I)
  17. Kyrie Fons Bonitatis: Trope (Modo III)
  18. Veni Sancte Spiritus: Sequenza (Modo I)
  19. Hosanna Filio David: Antiphonal (Modo VII)


Product Details

  • Performer: The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
  • Audio CD (March 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000002SKX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Frederick Baptist on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that when I got this disc, it was more out of curiousity as it had done very well commercially and although I had read about Gregorian Chants, I had no idea what they were and thought that this would be a good way to find out.

Well, the sound quality of the recording was quite decently done and what struck me was the calm, serene vibes I was getting from listening to the tracks. And then it struck me that there were no musical accompanyments and it was just these guys with their voices!

So simple and yet so beautiful were the sounds coming out of the disc. A great stress reliever and to think that this kind of music has been around for millenia! Highly recommended!
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While this is a good collection & the most well-known, there are actually much better choices. For example, there is
Lost in Meditation: Meditative Gregorian Chants, Vol. 1
by Cappella Gregorianna
which is a far fresher recording with far more ambience & natural reverberation. Plus, it is about half the price as this one, which was originally recorded in the 60s & then remastered. I find this one a tad dry (& also without as much variety) compared to the "Lost in Meditation" collection. Another very good one is Mysteria by Chanticleer which has a lot of variety & excellent sound recording. (though I would still rank it lower than the Capella Gregorianna one, because some selections also sound less full, as if they were recoded in studio & not a large cathedral)
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I purchased this item because one of my children has been going through the Tomatis method of auditory integration training to correct some auditory processing issues that affect his ability to communicate. The Gregorian Chant was recommended as a follow up because of its many and pure sound frequencies. After listening to different samples of the Chant, I picked the one sung by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos for its sound clarity. Also, it has been interesting to see the reaction of all my children. Two of them weep when they listen to the chant and the other one seems be soothed by it. As an adult, it is this soothing effect from the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos that I find most fascinating.
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I think it's strange for Amazon's review to say that there is better and more profesional Gregorian chant than this. This is the real thing --actual monks chanting-- and you don't get better than that. I would rather know that I was listening to chants that were compleetly real and athentic than chants that had been adapted to please mainstream audiances.
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That the calm and the serenity conveyed by these chants, which have survived for approximately 1,500 years, is still relevant today, can be readily appreciated by the fact this recording stayed at the top of the best seller list an inordinately long period of time upon its release.
In addition, if one has a sense of history, listening to this music is like peering through a window into the distance past. The intervening hundreds of years seem to melt away.
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My tastes in music are rock. Beatles, Rolling Stones, you probably get the idea. I am definitely no where near a saint. This music is haunting. Just to think, before any popular or classical music was ever dreamt of, there was this. The human voice, chanting in praise to God. Very deep. No matter what your taste in music, buy this. The cd is perfect for those reflective times in your life. Times when you need to meditate and relax. Just let the sound encompass you. You will not be disappointed.
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Very crisp and clear latin. Quality recording. These sounds are very helpful for centering prayer and meditation. Helps to clear the mind and focus on encountering God. Enables one to experience a sense of the sacred and holy.
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This is an amazing collection. The sounds are soothing, calm the mind no matter the mood. I would recommend this to a large range of people, from the longstanding fan of Gregorian chants, to those who are intrigued by some new wave things and want to try something new. All together, I can find nothing wrong with this cd.
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