- Performer: Eternal Chant
- Audio CD (October 25, 1994)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
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- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B000002J2X
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,210 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Audio CD, Box set, October 25, 1994
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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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 ?
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.