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  • Performer: Ensemble Organum
  • Conductor: Marcel Peres
  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Musique D'abord
  • ASIN: B00009IC6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alleluia/V.O.Pimenon ton Israhil
2. Introit: Resurrexi
3. Graduel: Hec dies / V. Confitemini DOmino/V. Dicat nunc Israhel
4. Alleluia / V. Pascha nostrum/ V. Epulemur/Alleluia
5. Offertoire: Terra tremuit/V. Notus in ludea/V. Et Factus est in pace V.ibi confregit
6. Alleluia V. Epis si Kyrie
7. Communion: PAscha nostrum
8. Alleluia/V.O Kyrios/V. Ke gar estereocsen

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HMF 1951218; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia;

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2013
Despite bearing the name of a late 6th century Pope, Gregorian chant has nothing to do with him - the earliest manuscripts of Gregorian chant date from the 13th century. Before this there were a multiplicity of chant styles, including a distinctly Roman style which ironically was exported to the Carolingian kingdoms of the 8th century, ultimately transformed into what we now know as Gregorian chant, and then transported back to Italy in the 13th century to supplant the Roman rite (and indeed to supplant the other styles elsewhere).

In the early 20th century, manuscripts from the 11th-12th centuries were rediscovered in the Vatican library containing such 'Old Roman' liturgy. These presented problems in understanding how they would have been performed, being effectively unsingable if 19th/20th century ideas about Gregorian chant were applied.

Marcel Pérès has sought an essentially Greek character to the chant, with the help of Orthodox chant specialist Lycourgos Angelopoulos (who sings as precentor on this disc). That this should be so should really not come as a surprise, knowing the close connection between Rome and Constantinople in the 7th-8th centuries when the Old Roman chant originally took shape. Part of Italy including Rome was part of the Byzantine Empire at this time. Between 644 and 772, fourteen of the twenty Popes were Greek speakers from the east, of whom three (Leo II, Sergius I and Gregory III) were musically skilled and exerted an influence on the Roman liturgy. In the early 7th century during the Persian invasion many Greek and Syrian monks fled to Italy to reestablish monasteries there as far north as Rome. Between 726 and 775 during the Iconoclast controversy, nearly fifty thousand more monks from the East left for Italy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita B. on 10 Oct. 2011
Among the many priceless treasures of the Vatican Library are manuscripts of chants of the Roman Church of the 7th and 8th centuries. Rediscovered by Dom Raphael Andoyer, a monk of the Ligugé Benedictine Monastery in France, at the beginning of the 20th century, "Old Roman" chant is a form of plain chant that was in use by the Roman Church during the so-called 'Byzantine period'.

The strong Oriental character of Old Roman chant is evident from the very first track of this recording, which was made in 1985 by French musicologist Marcel Pérès and the Ensemble Organum, an early music group founded by him to specialise in "pre-Gregorian and para-Gregorian" chant. The "Alleluia O Pimenon" was sung in Greek in the Vesper service on Easter Monday.

When the melodies of the Old Roman chants were published in 1891, they were regarded by some merely as a "deteriorated and distorted Roman version" of the melodies of Gregorian chant, but Dom Andoyer challenged this view in 1912, writing that the Old Roman chants pre-dated Gregorian chants and were simply preserved in the Old Roman tradition.

This recording is a revelation to those who might assume that Gregorian chants were in use at the time of Pope Saint Gregory I, after whom they are named and who held the See of Peter from 590 to 604. In fact, no manuscripts of Gregorian chants earlier than the 13th century are in existence, and it is now believed that this form of music resulted from a synthesis of the Old Roman and Galician chants (the latter being those of the church in France).

The performance of Old Roman chants in this recording does not purport to reproduce a so-called "authentic" performance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 17 Jan. 2008
This old style pre-Gregorian chant is really wonderful; one can almost breathe the resurrection; religious music at its best
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Pre-Gregorian Christian Chants 4 Aug. 2004
By Andrey Adjamov - Published on Amazon.com
This album is an attempt to decipher the notes of ancient Christian chants found at the Vatican library that date back to VII - VIII centuries, when parts of Italy were still under the power of Byzantine emperors, and the Christian Church was not divided into the Catholic and Orthodox halves.

This music is solemn, ascetic and has a certain oriental flavor - let's not forget that Christianity originated in Middle East and the very word "Christian" was coined in Antioch, Syria. To me these chants sounded a bit like singing of the Mount Athos monk choir.

Good pick for all those exploring the roots of European, Christian and Mediterranean cultures irrespective of later splits and schisms.
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Chants of the Universal Church 27 April 2006
By Sergey Lenkov - Published on Amazon.com
Byzantuim is Atlantis of European culture, and each new finding in the Byzantinists throws a new light on the history and culture of European (both West and East) civilization.

This CD allows us to listen to newly deshiphered Old Roman Chants of 7th-8th centuries. In that time Rome and Italy were under strong Byzantine influence, Christan Church was united and so this music presents us very modern in its spirit multicultural Christian Chants. The voice of the Greek cantor Lycourgous Angelopoulos freely flowing in this sacred space supported by the choir of Ensemble Organum. Some features of this music would remind you Gregorian Chants, some - music of Greek Orthodox Church. The manner of singing sometimes remindes me even Russian folksongs (it`s my own non-academic association), so the synthesis of different elements brings us refreshing, new and suddenly modern sounding spiritual Christian music.

So the record is very impressive, beautiful. If you like meditative Gregorian Chants or if the problems of relationships between the West and the Orient are interesting for you - you would like this CD. Thanks to Marcel Peres! My real rate of this record - 10 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Masterpiece of Faith and Beauty. 9 Sept. 2013
By Brad Sizemore - Published on Amazon.com
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This work presents an interpretation of pre-Gregorian, Byzantine-style Roman chant. The Chants De L'Eglise De Rome, Periode byzantine is a most inspiring and breath-takingly beautiful take on these ancient and hallowed chants; within you can truly hear and feel the spirit of the Christian East as it echoed within the sacred confines of the Roman Church.
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Chats of Old Roman Chant 6 May 2013
By Jose Camargo - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent record wit extraordinary voices. The sounds are beautiful. They songs are very especial with load of spirituality and inspiration.
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