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Psallat Ecclesia / Schola Solensis

Gregorian Chant / Solensis / Osttveit / Hadland
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Two-l   Catalog #: 70   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. Read more There is an air of mysticism in this music, which more and more people are seeking as a setting for meditation and prayer. Hybrid SACD 5.0 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit). The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

R E V I E W S:

"...this ensemble is easily able to convey the spirit of the music in the most effective manner. It is also an unusual concept album in that it deals solely with the medieval sequence, a liturgical form that developed north of the Alps sometime in the ninth century. Many thousands of these were created during the middle ages... here we have 15, dedicated to a wide variety of feasts and personages, from St. Agatha to St. Nicholas, to the still-retained Vitimae paschali laudes, recorded in sumptuous 2L surround sound, and providing a wonderful and calming chant experience... An audiophile’s delight, coupled with a spiritual and mental placidity guaranteed to sooth the nerves and tingle the ears.

-- Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Salus eterna, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Congaudentes exultemus, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Nato canunt omnia, sequence for Christmas by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Gaudeamus, introit by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Alleluia! Letabitur justus, motet by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Laudes debitas Deo, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Victimae paschali laudes, sequence in mode 1 for Easter (1. T/GR 198, Liber Usualis No. 780) by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Lux illuxit gratiosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9.
Alleluia Quoniam Deus, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10.
Psallat Ecclesia, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
11.
Ecce pulcra, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
12.
Martiris eximii, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Probasti, gradual (St. Laurentius) by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
14.
Stola iucunditatis, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Virgini Mariae laudes by Anonymous
Performer:  Ragnhild Hadland (Voice)
Conductor:  Halvor J. Osttveit
Venue:  Ringsaker Church, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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