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The Chants Of The Holy Spirit / Gloriae Dei Cantores Women's Schola

Gloriae Dei Cantores Women's Schola
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 57   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGuillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores Women's Schola
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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THE CHANTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Gloriae Dei Cantores women’s schola GLORIAE DEI 057 (SACD: 51:30 Text and Translation)


As in their last two issues (Fanfare 36:5), a schola of seven members of the choir based on Cape Cod have sung another collection of Gregorian chants, preparing the interpretations among themselves without a director. The Mass Propers of Pentecost (except the second alleluia verse) are supplemented by the Propers of the Vigil of Pentecost and a couple of Read more communion chants that focus on the Holy Spirit. The program concludes with Dufay’s setting of Veni Creator Spiritus for three voices in an alternatim setting. The hymns that Dufay set for the Sistine choir are frequently recorded, but the only sizable collection came from Schola Hungarica (13:1). Dufay provides a climax to the series of chants. In the middle of the program is a brief reading of the Pentecost event as related in Acts. I was always impressed by chant recorded here under Richard J. Pugsley and Mary Berry, but this new approach worked out for the last three discs 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, especially if the thematic program or the liturgical event is worked out as well as these are. Nicely done.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1. Feast of Pentecost: Gregorian chant by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores Women's Schola
Period: Middle Ages 
2. Veni Creator Spiritus by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores Women's Schola
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 

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