Gregorian Chant: Together on the Way
The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey
Together on the Way
About the Album
For three grace-filled nights in February of 2011, the choir of St. Michael’s Abbey chanted at Segerstrom Hall to introduce and complement Maestro Carl St. Clair’s conception of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony 9 as performed by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Then, in March of 2012, Biola University asked the Norbertines to chant at the close of their Art Symposium on Sacred Space as a demonstration of what sacred music should fill a sacred space. Although the fathers knew that many of those who heard them would not understand the Latin they were chanting, it was their fondest hope that they would be moved simply to join them in prayer.
Since neither of these concert programs were recorded, the Norbertines thought to capture the experience in the only way possible—to produce this album with the same pieces sung before, yet in their very own abbey church.
This recording includes the proper chants of the three Masses of Christmas (Midnight Mass, the Mass at dawn, and the Mass of the day) as sung at St. Michael’s Abbey.
The eclectic selection on this album is a cross-section of music sung at the Abbey that includes chants from the liturgy as well as motets and music from the Renaissance era. The latter are sung on more solemn occasions like Easter, Pentecost, Christmas, and the other great feasts of the liturgical year.
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