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Sisters Of Argentan In Chant

Sisters Of Argentan
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Griffin   Catalog #: 4074   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"During the 1960s the nuns of Argentan produced an extended series of impressive and important chant recordings, under Dom Joseph Gajard... [The singers] are perhaps the foremost female exponents of the Solesmes tradition... To some extent they still represent the older tradition, with minimal repercussio and an emphasis on the continuity of the long line – indeed, a quite amazing ability to spin an extended melisma without interruption... These are in no sense studio performances... the acoustics of the abbey church are retained; and the voices have that slightly quavering sound so characteristic of French choirs." -- Gramophone

"The choir's singing is well controlled and reaches their customary high standard.
Read more It is characterized by a breadth and firmness not usually found in all-female ensembles. They have a quite remarkable power of sustaining a long and complex melodic line, achieved, no doubt, by staggered breathing." -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Work(s): 12 strokes of midnight - Invitatory - Christus natus est nobis (mode 4) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Work(s): Antiphon et Magnificat - Hodie (mode 1) - Magnificat (mode 1 solemn tone) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Work(s): Lumen Christi - Exsultet (mode 3) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Messe Solennelle (Easter Day Mass) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Pentecost Sunday Mass by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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