Solesmes - Gregorian Melodies, Popular Chants Vol 2 / Gagné
—J. F. Weber, Fanfare
Here we have clean, sensibly phrased performances of 29 Gregorian melodies taken from the Liber Cantualis, each with its corresponding number in the Liber and respective place in the service and/or liturgical calendar. This recording contributes and intriguing strain to the debate over historical performance. The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey in Solesmes sings in a different dimension. Their tone is essentially clean, and their intonation impeccable. The result is a focused, calm, and consistent performance. They sing in a historically authentic mindset. This is a wholly satisfying offering, and a fine supplement to the body of recorded Gregorian chant.
—Kate Grossman, Early Music America
This collection, under the direction of Solesmes' new Chantmaster reflects the new, graceful chanting developed over the past several years by Dom Gagne. The fact that the melodies are drawn from the Liber Cantualis and that they are beautifully performed make them a valuable teaching aid.
Catalog Number: GDCDS845
Label: Paraclete Press
Conductor: Dom Richard Gagné
Orchestra/Ensemble: Solesmes Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre Choir