For some fifteen years now, the interest for gregorian chant has picked up again like never before.
Originally, gregorian chant was the chant used by the Church in its liturgy.
In the 1970s, the liturgical reform lead to its progressive abandon.
In the 1990s, records by the monks of Silos granted gregorian chant with a new wave of popularity, closely linked with the New Age mouvement and the aspirations of a humanity in need of a new spirituality.
More recently, the rehabilitation of ancient liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI prompted a renewed interest for the chant proper to this liturgy and a new demand for gregorian chant within the liturgical framework.
While abundant, the discography is also partial and limited to the repertoire associated with a few major feasts. There was a need for an integral series that would present in a systematic manner the full gregorian repertoire, from the first Sunday of Advent to the last Sunday of Pentacostes, without any missing or faulty link, all of it according to the traditional liturgical sequence. So that the chant corresponding to the liturgical atmosphere of the time should be available all year round.
The first volume of 2 CDs of this collection was published in 1999. the twelth volume was published in the autumn of 2011.
The interpreting is neat and dynamic, recorded by the Schola Bellarmina under the direction of Abbé Bernard Lorber.
Volumes 1 to 7 explore the round of Sundays and feasts. Each one of them contains 2 records.
Volume 8 (3 CDs) contains the whole series of Kyriale and Credo, the proper of mass.
The feasts of the saints figure in volumes 9 and 10.
Volume 11 (1 CDà contains all the liturgy for the dead, mass and burial.
Volume 12 (2 CDs) contains the offices (vespers and complines) and the vesperal hymns.
Volume 13 (2 CDs) is a large anthology of gregorian motets, from the Attende of Advent to the Te Deum, through the Meida vita, Adoro Te and 65 other motets.
In all, 26 CDs, a hundred of masses and offices, over 700 tracks and 30 h of listening.
Contents of the whole series.
Volume 1 : From 1st to 4th Sunday of Advent – Nativity Mass at Midnight – Nativity Mass at Dawn – Nativity Mass at Day – Sunday in the Octave and Christmas Octave Day – Holy Name of Jesus – Epiphany. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 2 : Holy Family Mass – 2nd and 3rd Sun. after Epiphany – Septuagesim – Sexagesim – Quinquagesim – Benediction and Ash Wednesday Mass – 1st and 2nd Sun. of Lent. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 3 : 3rd and 4th Sunday of Lent – 1st Sunday of Passion – Palm procession – Palm Mass – Vesperal Mass of Holy Thursday – Liturgical Function of Holy Friday. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 4 : Easter Eve - Easter Sun. – Easter Monday – Quasimodo Sunday – 2nd to 5th Sun. after Easter – Major Litanies – Ascension Mass – Sun. in the Octave of Ascension. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 5 : Pentacostes Mass – Pentacostes Monday – Holy Trinity Mass – Corpus Christi Mass – Sun. in the Octave of Corpus Christi – Sacred Heart Mass – Sacred Heart votive Mass – Sun. in the Octave of the Sacred Heart – 4th to 6th Sun. after Pentacostes. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 6 : From 7th to 14th Sunday after Pentacostes. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 7 : From 15th to last Sunday after Pentacostes. Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 8 : The 18 Kyriales and the 6 Credos (3 CD). Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 9 : The feasts of the Saints I : Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) – Purification of the Virgin, benediction of candles (Feb. 2) – Saint Joseph (Mar. 19) – Annonciation (Mar. 25) – Saint Joseph, artisan (May 1) – Saint Peter and Paul (Jun. 29) – Precious Blood (Jul. 1). Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 10 : The feasts of the Saints II : Transfiguration (Aug. 6) - Assumption (Aug. 15) - Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug. 22) – Saint Pius X (Sep. 3) – Holy Cross Exaltation (Sep. 14) – Our Lady of Seven Sorrows (Sep. 15) – Saint Michel Archangel (Sep. 29) – Holy Rosary (Oct. 7) – Christ the King (last Sunday of October) – All the Saints (Nov. 1). Check details, listen to extracts…
Volume 11 : Liturgy of the deads – Mass for a wedding. Check details, listen to extracts.
Volume 12 : Sunday vestpers and complines – 23 vesperal hymns. Check details, listen to extracts.
Volume 13 : The gregorian motets – 70 motets to the Blessed Sacrement, the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin and for the different periods of the liturgical year. Check details, listen to extracts.
Volume 14 : Matines for the Holy Days - Psalms with antiphons, responsorials and the lamentations of Jeremiah (3 CD) - Avalaible : March 2013
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Yet to be published:
- Volume 15 : Proper of the Saints of France