The Chants Of Mary (2012)

Gregorian Chant

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Men's Schola

Over the Centuries, aspects of Mary’s life were celebrated with various feasts; the first ones were connected with the essential facts surrounding Jesus’s birth. As devotion to Mary increased and flowered over time, later feasts developed, including the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception was officially proclaimed in 1854, though the faithful had sung songs to honor this tenet of belie f in popular devotion for centuries before. Florid in both melody and text, the Gradual Benedícta es tu features high and lengthy melismas, possibly implying Mary’s relationship with heaven, and her constant encouragement in pointing us up to her Son. Then it comes back to a lower range, reminding us perhaps that God chose an earthly, human vessel—like us—to co-work with him, and fulfill his plan of love and salvation for his people.
The Introit for this Feast, Gaudens gaudébo, weds past and present in many ways. Mary herself sings this song from the womb of her mother, Anne, with the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. Almost from the moment of her conception, it seems, she points the way to Christ with unequivocal joy. Even the tune for this piece, composed in the 1800s, was borrowed fr om a more ancient melody. So her joy becomes our joy, and that spark of divinity occurring in a moment more than two thousand years ago can happen in our heart s today

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The Chants Of Mary (2012)

Gregorian Chant

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Men's Schola

    American Record Guide

“. . . a wonderful anthology of chants taken from various feasts of the Virgin Mary”

Loewen

    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

    Fanfare Magazine

“The excellence of interpretation is not surprising, for the first members of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores spent some time at Cambridge studying chant with Mary Berry in the 1980s. . . . the sequence Stabat Mater is superbly executed. The verses of the offertory Ave Maria, too, are expertly rendered.” “The surround sound provides a nice sense of space around the singers. While I have always approved the schola’s chant recordings, these two discs attain a new height of excellence, the best chant singing of any American choir.”

J.F. Weber

    Audiophile Audition

“. . . [they] sing with unalloyed grace in their voices, powerful, not especially churchlike or considerate of monastic-like uniformity, but as I imagine the music was at one time performed in the public churches. The men of this Schola bring not only a spiritual sense but also some full-blooded and genuinely religious fervor, as if the Latin words on the paper are pregnant with real meaning and an otherworldly mysticism, not just syllables to accompany dull or routine monody.” “The surround sound is excellent, well-balanced and well-filled. This is yet another superb production (full color booklet and wonderful notes) from a source that sets the example time and time again. Do delve into the clear, cool waters of Gregorian chant—and this is a perfect place to start.”

Steven Ritter

The Chants Of Mary (2012)

Gregorian Chant

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Men's Schola

Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Producer: Banton Alspaugh, Richard K. Pugsley
Recording Engineer: John Newton
Recording location: Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans Mass.
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Missa IX Cum ioebilo: Gloria - Mode VII
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Responsory: Benedicta et venerabilis - Mode V
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Gradual- Benedicta es tu - Mode V
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Introit: Gaudens gaudebo - Mode III
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Antiphon - Salve Regina - Simple mode- Mode V
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Antiphon- Salve Regina - Solemn mode - Mode I
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Hymn - O gloriosa Domina- Mode II
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Brief response - Ave Maria - Mode VI
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Antiphon - Alma Redemptoris Mater - Simple mode - Mode V
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Antiphon - Alma Redemptoris Mater - Solemn mode - Mode V
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Offertory - Ave Maia - Mode VIII
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Hymn - Ave maris stella - Mode I
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Antiphon - Regina caelii - Simple mode - Mode VI
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Antiphon- Regina caeli - Solemn mode - Mode VI
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Gradual- Benedicta et venerabilis - Mode IV
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Alleluia- Felix es -Mode VIII)
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Responsory - Repleta est - Mode I
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Antiphon - Ave Regina - Simple mode - Mode VI
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Antiphon - Ave Regina - Solemn mode - Mode VI
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Introit - Signum magnum - Mode VII
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Hymn - O Prima, Virgo, prodita - Mode II
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Alleluia - Assoempta est Maria - Mode V
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Antiphon & Solemn Magnificat - Beata es - Mode I
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Sequenc - Stabat Mater dolorosa - Mode II
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