CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on this morning’s show, “Chanting monks become best selling recording artists“.
I became intrigued on several levels by what I heard and felt. I learned that Father Cassian Folsom hailed from Connecticut with a passion for music and reviving the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy. Being a practicing Catholic with a sense of religious music devotion I couldn’t help but be enchanted by the story and its message.
Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia – The Monks of Norcia is a superlative recording. In my quest to write and share the wisdom of spirituality and the healing power of music, Marian chant strikes just the right religious chord in the music of our heart.
The chanting and prayer put me at such peace. I hope you will allow the light of this recording into each of your respective hearts.
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I loved Gregorian chant even before I converted to Catholicism. I listen and within seconds I find myself spiritually in tune with God’s voice.
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I was perusing a new blog I discovered today, Music of Our Heart, when I found this short piece about the Benedictine Monks of Norcia and a chant CD they put out. I can’t believe I missed this, but I’m glad I found it eventually.
I love the differences in the way the monks of each monastery sing the chant. There are not only slight rhythmical and interpretational differences, not to mention variations in the manuscripts used in the different religious orders, there are also differences in vocal production and timbre. The monks of Solesmes have a nasal sound, the monks of Heiligenkreuz have a brilliant sound, and from this trailer, I gather that the monks of Norcia have a particularly robust sound. The variety of approaches is refreshing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this CD of Marian chants by the monks at the monastery built by St. Benedict himself.