|Christus Natus Est|
Label: Christophorus Entree Catalog: CHE01562 Format: CD
Schola Gregoriana Plagensis; Rupert Gottfried Frieberger, direction
Composed by: Hymnus "Conditor alme siderum" - Responsorium "De iIIa occulta habitat ione" - Antiphon "O virgo virginum" - Introitus "Hodie scietis" - Graduale "Hodie scietis" - Offertorium "Tollite portas" - Communio "Revelabitur gloria Domini" - Hymnus "Veni, redemptor gentium" - Invitatorium "Christus natus est nobis" - Hymnus "Christe, redemptor omnium" - Lectio "Primo tempore" - Responsorium I "Hodie nobis coelorum rex" - et al.
Gregorian Chant on Christmas Eve at the Premonstratensians
Apart from the Roman tradition, the Gregorian chant has gone through its own "dialects" and traditions in the various surroundings and orders. It is therefore legitimate to investigate these variations with regard to the diversity of musicological discussion nowadays, as it has perhaps not been taken into consideration often enough in the past.
This recording introduces the singing of the Premonstratensian order, of which historians proudly claim that we are dealing with a chorale dialect. The Premonstratensian order was founded in 1125/26 by St. Norbert of Xanten in Prémontré in France. Norbert and his successor, Abbott Hugo, laid great store by the greatest possible uniformity within the constantly growing young order. Eight years after the foundation, Norbert left France to become Archbishop of Magdeburg.
At this time there were 41 monasteries in France, the Netherlands and Germany. One century later there were around 1500 in Europe and Jerusalem together.