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Gregorian Chant - Masses For Christmas, Epiphany, Etc


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469241   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Connoisseurs of plainchant recordings will need no introduction to the choir of the Münsterschwarzach Benedictine Abbey, whose interesting researches into the contents of some of the earliest surviving chant manuscripts have given rise to several impressive records. This CD provides a useful sampler of their style by way of two Christmas masses, the first of which is presented complete with Ordinary chants, the second confined to the Propers. Closely recorded in a relatively unreverberant building, these are not pehaps the most magical of performances, and 1 was disappointed by the level of background hiss that has been allowed to find its way onto the disc (the LP version is no better in this respect). But these are small points; the Read more readings of the music are unfailingly intelligent, the chants for this great feast are of course amongst the best in the whole repertory, and it is a treat to have such obscure versions of them available on Compact Disc.

– Gramophone [9/1985], reviewing the original first CD release of the first and second Christmas Masses, DG 410658
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Works on This Recording

1.
First Christmas Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 28 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Second Christmas Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Third Christmas Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Mass for Epiphany by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 20 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Liturgy for Good Friday by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Mass for Easter Sunday by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 31 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Mass for Ascension Day: Offertorium - Ascendit Deus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Mass for Ascension Day: Communion - Psallite Domino by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Whitsunday: Sequentia - Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Whitsunday: Communion - Factus est by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Dedication Festival Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  Godehard Joppich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Munsterschwarzach
Period: Medieval 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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