Good mix of favourites
I bought this in order to familiarise myself with the Missa de Angelis and some of the chants for Gaudete Sunday. I was not disappointed. Some of the pronunciation does not accord with the Vatican standard, but that is part of the fun of listening to different renderings of the chant from around the world. The tunes match the Liber Usualis and that is what I wanted.
The selections come from all around the Liturgical year, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, the triumph of Christ's entry into Jerusalem in Gloria Laus, the desolation on the Cross of Popule Meus, Easter joy in the sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes, Ascension and Pentecost are all represented. There are also antiphons to Our Lady and her Magnificat.
The all-male choir sounds beautiful. The clear voices with the German flavour are so precise and yet expressive. The rituendos, the swelling and fading, all beautiful.
Gregorian chant is such a treasure and part of the cultural heritage of all Christians. This could form part of a common canon of musical expression transcending styles of music to reach out to that part of human experience that longs for the Divine.