Officium tenebrarum: Gregorian chants by Pierre de la Rue, Johannes Gardano, Bernardus Yeart This is a deeply moving recording of Gregorian chants.
Officium Tenebrarum is the name of the musical liturgy to be sung before
Easter, the First Nocturne of the Night Office for Holy Saturday,
frequently celebrated during the darkness of Good Friday. The Paschal Vigil
was the most important event within the early Latin liturgy.
Most of the Gregorian chants recorded here are sung in their original
plainsong version, dating back to the first centuries of the Christian era.
In fact, these chants incorporate thematic elements derived from the Jewish
synagogue. Several sections are polyphonic, a later development within
Officium Tenebrarum is beautifully performed by the Students" Choir Utrecht
and the Students" Chamber Choir Utrecht. The chants themselves were
written, probably during the 15th and 16th centuries, by three musicians:
Pierre de la Rue, Johannes Gardano and Bernardus Ycart. Comprehensive liner
notes included in both the compact disk and cassette highlight these
musicians and explain the background of Gregorian chants within the
This inspiring work is an enriching experience for listeners of all
cultures in any season. It is truly a timeless performance that moves the
heart and soul.
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