Album
   
Album title
PSALLAT ECCLESIA
Performer

Schola Solensis
Halvor J. Østtveit, conductor
Ragnhild Hadland, soloist

Catalogue #
2L-070-SACD
EAN13
7041888515128
ISRC-code
NOMPP1101010-150

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.0 DSD
Stereo DSD

Release date
March 2011
Recording date
October 2009
Location
Ringsaker Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
 
PSALLAT ECCLESIA
– Medieval Norwegian sequences

What we call Gregorian chant is old music. By the 13th century most of it was already composed. It is the church's oldest musical treasure, and is the word of God spoken, and prayers prayed, in a language where the word is lifted and born on wings of exquisite beauty. It is not just a language of words, but a meeting of words and melody in an expression of extraordinary power.

Gregorian chant developed over a long period of oral transmission from generation to generation. If there is an evolutionary theory for artistic expression, a sort of "survival of the fittest", it can certainly be used about Gregorian chant. Many of these melodies are so unbelievably beautiful; it is as if we sense divine participation in their creation. There is an air of mysticism in this music, which more and more people are seeking as a setting for meditation and prayer.

 

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