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Gregorian Chant: Requiem

The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey

Gregorian Chant: Requiem

About the Album

This is the third Gregorian chant album by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in California. This is not an actual Mass, but the traditional Requiem music according to the ancient Norbertine Rite, a form of the liturgy similar to the ubiquitous Roman Rite but the exclusive property of the Norbertine Fathers.

The old cliche of a novel beginning with the words: “It was a dark and stormy night…” could well apply to the recording of this album, as the date that worked for all the singers to record was the day of one of the longest and most violent tempests of 2010. The abbey’s cantor, Fr. Chrysostom Baer, decided that, far from detracting from the quality of the recording, the howling winds actually added to the haunting tones of chant. This is the reason for the atmospheric effects heard in the background of many of the recorded tracks.

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