The Quietus: Praise Be! The Quietus’ Favourite Religious & Spiritual Records – ‘Adorate Deum: Gregorian Chant from the Proper of the Mass’

Ahead of the Easter weekend, the Quietus writers select a huge list of their favourite religious and spiritual records, from across the spectrum of belief systems, denominations and musical styles

Sung in Latin and entirely a cappella, Gregorian chant is sacred choral music which takes its name from Gregory the Great, who is believed to have regularised the disparate forms of Christian chant in the 6th century. The chant still has a function in the Catholic liturgy today, being used in sung masses and monastic divine offices, and such a modern rendering can be heard on the 1993 Naxos release Adorate Deum: Gregorian Chant From The Proper Of The Mass, performed by the Italian ensemble Nova Schola Gregoriana at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mantua, whose acoustics are essential to the recording…

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