I have always been amazed at the way that chant can move a soul. For the past several years, I have made it a habit of listening to chant almost every day. My day job requires me to be at a computer, so there is ample opportunity for me to listen to chant as much as I want. Typically, my taste in chant is for the old stuff. I like the ones where you can tell it was made in the 40’s or 50’s as it sounds like it was recorded from vinyl records.
I was asked by Valley-Entertainment to review a chant album they produced from “The Monastic Choir of the Abbey Notre Dame de Fontgombault”. They recorded an album that is entitled The Assumption and I was given a pre-release copy of it. This CD covers a full mass including three very good organ pieces. There are 23 tracks on the album and the voices are exquisite.
I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it simple because it is “new” but they sure proved me wrong. When I see a mainline “chant” CD it is usually a glossy cover of monks that look like they came out of a GQ magazine and my immediate reactions is uh..nope.
When I saw the cover of this one, I was warming up to it without even hearing anything yet.
I downloaded a digital version and set it up to listen to it while I got some work done. It was wonderful. It has quickly become my new favorite chant album.
I have been listening to it for over a month now and its is now one of my favorites that I listen to daily.
The album was released on January 13th, 2017 and you can pick up a copy of this fabulous Gregorian Chant CD here. I heartily recommend it.