#ChoralMarch 11th: “De Angelis”, Moines de Santo Domingo de Silos

Holding the title of having recorded the best-selling Gregorian Chant album of all time, the Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo de Silos have been described as :

The ensemble is not always perfect, but if these are not professional singers, they are, and they sound like, truly professional monks.

I suppose this is one of the tensions of recorded choral religious music; do we value technical artistry or sincerity? Are they necessarily opposed? One of the compelling things about this music, for me, is that it has survived as a sung, even popular, genre not only out of some historically-minded, conservation-focused effort but as an expression of living, devoted faith.


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