Chant Newbie Corner
We recommend the following book for the
person interested in learning more about Gregorian chant:
Songs of the Spirit
Edited by Huston Smith
San Francisco, CA
We have chosen a few CDs to recommend
A Treasury of
Bescol BSCD 5/4
Beverly Hills CA 90212
This collection is a CD reproduction of
a number of LPs that came out in Europe probably in the 1960s. These are not great
recordings, but there is music on these CDs that will win your heart. This collection is
often to be found in places such as Walmart at very discounted prices. Grab this 4-CD set
of chants if you find one, or write to the company for a catalogue.
The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
Angel CDC 72435-55138-2
This is the CD that started the current
popularity of Gregorian chant. The recordings were made in the 1970s and 1980s and the
renderings of the compositions are masterly and beautiful. One can not help wondering,
however, how bewildered the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos must be at the crass level of
marketing employed in selling their music. Our copy of this CD has an offer for an
official "Chant Monk-habit brown, hooded pullover for only $19.95." Ugh.
Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur, Clervaux.
This is a two-CD reissue of some music
originally recorded on LPs, recorded in the 1960s. Gregorian purists will shun the use of
organ accompaniment on this recording; however, this was a modern practice in some
European monasteries and Churches. This CD set is worth purchasing if only for the Salve
festa dies, Hodie nobis caelorum Rex and the Christus resurgens.