BEURON ABBEY MONKS Vespers of Christmas Eve (1952) - PACO014

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BEURON ABBEY MONKS Vespers of Christmas Eve (1952) - PACO014

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TRADITIONAL GREGORIAN  The Vespers of Christmas Eve

Recorded 1952
Duration 30:37

The Monks' Choir of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin, Beuron
Conductor: Dr. Maurus Pfaff, O.S.B.

This set contains the following albums:

The Vespers of Christmas Eve

Traditional Gregorian Requiem Mass from Beuron Abbey, Germany


This is our second 1950's recording from the monks of Beuron Abbey (see also Reqieum Mass, PACO006) and once again, the ages-old Gregorian chant has been wonderfully captured.

Of that previous release, reviewer Robert Hugill at MusicWeb International commented thus:

The German Abbey of Beuron lies on the south-west bank of Lake Laach, near Andernach in the Rhineland. The abbey was originally founded in 1093 and on the basis of this recording, must have had quite a thriving community in 1954.

The choir sounds quite substantial and makes a lovely, homogenous noise. Recordings of monastic communities from this period have the advantage of combining the technological advances in recordings, the technical facility of the monks themselves and their continued familiarity with the daily round of the Latin Tridentine mass. This latter would, of course, be disturbed as a result of the 2nd Vatican Council.

Here the choir sounds wonderfully confident and natural, as if they have been doing it all their lives. The acoustic is well captured so that though the choral sound is focused and the choir’s diction well captured, the resonance of the church itself is not neglected. The result is very atmospheric...

Andrew Rose


    TRADITIONAL GREGORIAN  The Vespers of Christmas Eve


    Recorded 6-7 November, 1952, released as Archiv AP 13005
    Duration 30:37


    • Psalmus 109, 110
    • Psalmus 111, 112
    • Lectio (Tit. 3, 4-5), Responsorium Breve
    • Hymnus: Christe Redemptor Omnium
    • Magnificat
    • Pater Noster
    • Oratio
    • Antiphona: Beatae Mariae Virginis


    The Monks' Choir of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin, Beuron
    Conductor: Dr. Maurus Pfaff, O.S.B.