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Blessings, Peace & Harmony / Monks Of The Desert


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 790204   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The remarkable Monks of the Desert, who spend their daily hours praying for peace, working and studying in silence, make their major label debut on Sony Masterworks with an album of Gregorian chant, Blessings, Peace and Harmony. Named after Pope Gregory I, Gregorian chant involves the early Christian liturgical music that originated in medieval times and forms the roots of Western classical music.

“The kind of singing that we do calms the spirit and helps us live in peace with our world and with one another,” says Abbot Philip Lawrence, a scholar of chant who also leads the monastery of Christ in the Desert. “According to various studies, chanting has some strange effect on brain waves,” notes Abbot Philip. In modern times,
Read more many people have been attracted to Gregorian chant – believer or non-believer. There is something ethereal and transcendent about the sound, not only as entertainment, but as a deepening of a life of prayer, inner peace and sharing with others. The Monks believe that Gregorian chant is a way of touching hearts and minds. With Blessings, Peace and Harmony they hope to bring others into a world in which peace, inner tranquility and an appreciation of beauty prevail.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alma Redemptoris Mater, antiphon by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1996 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Salve Regina, antiphon in mode 1 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1135 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1996 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Ave mundi spes Maria, sequence in modes 7 & 8 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 04/08/2011 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Kyrie IV by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Sanctus IV by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Agnus Dei IV by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Parce Domine by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Salve festa dies, hymn in mode 4 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1966 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Kyrie III, in mode 4 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 04/08/2011 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10.
Gloria III, in mode 8 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 04/08/2011 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Sanctus III, for the Ordinary in mode 4 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 04/08/2011 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
12.
Agnus Dei III, mode 4, GR 724 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 04/08/2011 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Confitemini, alleluia in mode 8 for Easter by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1966 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14.
Alleluia. Vir Dei benedictus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 08/04/2007 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
15.
Allelulia. Paratum cor meum, Alleluia, III by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks Of The Desert
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2010 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
16.
Salve Mater, canticum in mode 5 by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Stabat Mater, sequence by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2010 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18.
Gloria IX in 7th mode, GR. 742 by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
19.
Rorate caeli by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1996 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
Puer natus est nobis, introit in mode 7 by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 03/08/1996 
Venue:  The Monastery of Christ in the Desert 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
21.
O Filii et filiae by Anonymous
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 08/13/2005 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
22.
De profundis clamavi, offertory in mode 2 (Liber Usualis No. 1076; GR 388) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 08/04/2007 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
23.
Justus germinabit, alleluia in mode 1 (Liber Usualis, 1192) by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 08/04/2007 
Venue:  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa F 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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