Laus mea Dominus: Oldest Gregorian Compositions from Mass, Vespers and Compline
Consortium Vocale Oslo / Alexander M. Schweitzer
Gaudeamus CD GAU 304 ℗ © 2002.
Recorded at Gamle Aker Kirke, Oslo, Norway, January 2000.
Producer: Morten Lindberg.
Edited by Lindberg Lyd AS.
Recording engineer: Hans Peter L'Orange [great name!].
Cover: Facsimile of a detail from p.73 of Codex 121 of the Stiftsbibliothek Einsiedeln (Msc. 1151), © 1991 Acta humaniora, VCH Verlagsgesellschaft, Weinheim, Germany. The detail shows the opening of the Introit Suscepimus Deus.
Total time = 59.54.
The pieces performed here number among the most ancient and authentic examples of their respective genres. They represent a selection of Gregorian compositions which enable an overview of the repertoire in the variety of its forms. Among the most important criteria for selection was the reproduction of every available mode, including the archaic modes. (The classification by mode of each piece in the text section of this booklet is indicated in brackets following the title of the piece.) Another important criterion was that the majority of the different musical-liturgical genres of the Gregorian repertoire be represented: from simple recitatives, simple psalmody, canticles and hymns of the Divine Office to the syllabic chants of the Ordinary of the Mass, and the rich and elaborate melismatic chants of Mass Propers.
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