Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vintage Solesmes

I ran across this because it was in the "suggested videos" after the Ave Maria video JT posted earlier. It's the monks of Solesmes, on full-length LP, recorded in 1930. It's a fascinating contrast, given the evolving understanding of Gregorian chant performance practice between then and now.

Two quick observations which I don't have time to expand on:
  1. The program of the LP is odd by contemporary standards- it's a somewhat random collection of chants, instead of a curated playlist based on a complete liturgy or centered on a theme.
  2. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the style of the singing seems indicative of the era it was recorded in.