Chants of the Holy Spirit (2012)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Women's Schola

The Christian celebration of Pentecost is rooted in the Jewish feast celebrating God's gift of the law on Mount Sinai—an event viewed by some as the birth of the Jewish faith. In obedience to that tradition, the remnant of faithful disciples were gathered together. Little did they know they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that Pentecost would one day also be known as the birthday of the Church. In the same vein, the song of the Church—Gregorian chant—grew up out of its roots in the synagogue, where the Psalms were chanted using similar tunes and some of the same melodic structures we sing today.
The texts for these Gregorian chants for the Feast of Pentecost provide a blend of perspective between the Old and the New Testament and the Holy Spirit’s role from the first days of creation to today. And by the use of different neumes and modes the writers of these chants have musically illuminated the texts, painting an aural picture for us of the Holy Spirit and all of his works.

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Gloriæ Dei Cantores Women's Schola

 

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Schola is dedicated to the singing and study of Gregorian chant. Its expertise and experience come from daily chanting the Liturgy of the Hours as well as the Ordinary and Proper of the Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration. The Schola also conducts chant workshops and performs in concert with Gloriæ Dei Cantores. Years of study with the late Dr. Mary Berry, CBE, founder of the Schola Gregoriana in Cambridge, England, and the monks of St. Peter’s Abbey, Solesmes, France, also contribute to the Schola’s passion for Gregorian chant as a vibrant and living form of sung prayer.

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Chants of the Holy Spirit (2012)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Women's Schola

    The Kansas City Star

“Three of the finest chant CDs have been released over the last year by Gloriæ Dei Cantores: The Chants of Angels, The Chants of Mary performed by the men of the ensemble, and The Chants of the Holy Spirit, performed by the women.”

Patrick Neas

    The Buffalo News

“With a new pope in office on this Easter Sunday, this slightly unusual recording of Gregorian Chant couldn’t be timed better. . . . A beautiful disc.”

Jeff Simon

    Audiophile Audition

“The seven ladies that make up the Gloriæ Dei Cantores Women’s Schola have given us a real gift—the renditions of this music have rarely been as perfectly presented as what the Schola accomplishes here. . . . its primary vision [is] a living and loving manifestation of these ancient chants as something that breathes life into a contemporary cultural setting. Technically they are immaculate, and one can hear the evident love and devotion in every breath taken in this astoundingly beautiful music. This is a highly recommended disc.”

Steven Ritter

    Fanfare Magazine

“I was always impressed by chant recorded under . . . Mary Berry, but this new approach worked out for the last three disks strikes me very favorably. It’s the difference in later music between a vocal ensemble under a director and one without a director, the latter creating the effect that characterizes chamber music in the classical repertory. I hope they give us more. . . . Nicely done.”

J.F. Weber

Chants of the Holy Spirit (2012)

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Women's Schola

Mastering Engineer: Mark donahue
Producer: Blanton Alspaugh, Richard K. Pugsley
Recording Engineer: John Newton, Jesse Brayman
Recording location: Church of the Transfiguration
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Angelus Bell
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Ad missam in die Introit - Spiritus Domini
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Ad missam in die Alleluia - Emitte Spiritus tuum
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Ad missam in die Sequence - Veni Sancte Spiritus
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Ad missam in die Offertory - Confirma hoc Deus
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Ad missam in die Communion - Factus est repente
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The Pentecost Story - A Reading from the Book of Acts
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Ad missam in vigilia Introit - Caritas Dei
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Ad missam in vigilia Gradual - Beata gens
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Ad missam in vigilia Alleluia - Dum complerentur
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Ad missam in vigilia Offertory - Emitte Spiritum
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Ad missam in vigilia Communion - Spiritus Sanctus
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Ad missam in vigilia Communion - Dum venerit
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Veni Creator Spiritus, Guillaume Dufay
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Closing Bell
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