CDs and Longplay Music Releases:
CDEUR 22,00Buddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian Chants
Buddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian ChantsMusica Sacra ~ A dialogue of two spiritual cultures
based on the musical repertoire of the Buddhist and the Christian tradition,
performed by the Ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
and "Gjosan-rjú Tendai Sómjó" (Buddhist Monks from Japan)
Conductors: Saikawa Buntai and David Eben
The live-recording of a concert in the church of the
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD · DDD · c. 73 Minutes
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This is stunningly beautiful, particularly track 14. I liked it so much I plan to purchase a couple more for gifts.
***** Highly recommended
The Tendai monks and the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble have created a wonderful recording resulting from their mutual collaboration at concerts and liturgy in Prague in 2000 and on tour of Japan in 2005. These meditative encounters focus on interesting contrasts in the two musical languages and expressions, at the same time seeking common elements present in both traditions. Parallels can be found in the recitation of the sacred text or in the interpretation principle of alternating a soloist with a choir, which overlaps the boundaries of confession repertoires. Another striking feature is the tonality based on the pentatonic scale appearing both in shomyo singing and Gregorian chant. This unique collaboration has produced music of mesmerising beauty and intensity. Highly recommended.
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Awarded by Qobuz with the "Hi-Res Audio" March 2012.
***** Raises your spirits and nourishes your soul
Beautiful music. Raises my spirits and nourishes my soul.
I was very moved by these performances
Since chanting-monk CDs are all the rage nowadays, K&K Verlagsanstalt decided to issue this disc of a special concert given at the Maulbronn Monastery in 2008. This concert, sponsored by UNESCO, combined the music of Tendai Buddhist monks from Japan with the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis choir, founded in 1987 in what is now the Czech Republic. The aim was to have the religious chants and hymns of both religions complement each other and create a multi-religious ambience redoubled in effect by the atmosphere of the surroundings.
The experiment works very well indeed. Initially, the two choirs alternate their chants, the Westerners more formal in structure, the Easterners more fluid in theirs. It was interesting for me to hear Japanese monks as compared to Tibetans who are much more familiar here in the U.S. The Japanese monks all chant in a higher pitch, more in the tenor range, although some of their members are capable, as are Tibetans, of "chording" with the voice from time to time. As for Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, they are quite simply a beautiful-sounding group with great feeling in their singing.
As the concert progresses, both choirs begin combining their religious chants to fascinating effect. Despite the musical and cultural differences, everything blends surprisingly well.
This is an excellent recording in every respect and in its own way more universal than many such "chant" CDs out there. In the spirit of the music presented, I feel a little odd recommending the disc, but as you can probably tell I was very moved by these performances.
CDEUR 22,00Gregorian Chants · Vox Nostra · Veri Solis Radius
Gregorian Chants:Musical networks in medieval Europe
Vox Nostra · Veri Solis Radius
Gregorian chants from the 12th & 13th century,
performed by the Vocal Ensemble Vox Nostra:
Amy Green · Susanne Wilsdorf · Ellen Hünigen
Werner Blau · Burkard Wehner (Musical Director)
A concert recording from the church of Cistercian Abbey in Eusserthal (Germany).
CD · DDD · c. 60 Minutes
CDEUR 22,00Musica Sacra · Gregorian & Cistercian Chants
Musica SacraA Vespers of the Cistercian Order in the 13th century with works by Monastery Maulbronn, Cistercian nuns of the monastery Las Huelgas and Cistercian Antiphonary from Morimondo, performed by the Ensemble Vox Nostra
Vespera de Beata Maria Virgine
Winnie Brückner (Soprano) · Philipp Cieslewicz (Countertenor)
Christoph Burmester (Tenor) · Werner Blau (Bass)
Burkard Wehner (Tenor and Music Director)
A concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery.
CD · DDD · Duration: c. 63 Minutes
This is an absolutely beautiful performance
This is an absolutely beautiful performance. It is crisp it is authentic. The recording captures the ambiance of the Monastery. Vox Nostra is tops in my list. If your looking for Gregorian chant crab this before it ascends to heaven.
CDEUR 22,00Singer Pur & Go Guitars · Electric Seraphim
Electric SeraphimNew soundscapes for voices and electric guitars
A world premiere with works by Perotinus (c. 1200),
Guillaume Dufay (c. 1400-1474), Matthäus Pipelare (c. 1450-1515),
Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (c. 1562-1613) et. al.
Performed by the vocal ensemble Singer Pur
and the electric guitar ensemble Go Guitars
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD · DDD · c. 63 Minutes
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