Ensemble Gemma: Maria! Maria! 400 Years of Chant in the Birgittine Order


Ensemble GemmaEAN: 7393338182825                     Performer:
        Ensemble Gemma
        Karin Strinnholm

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CDA 1828-2 Maria! Maria! 400 Years of Chant in the Birgittine Order

Welcome into the Birgittine sisters’ world of Gregorian chant! Also known as Frälsarorden, the Birgittine Order is the only one with Scandinavian origins. Saint Birgitta (ca 1303-1373) and her collaborator and confessor, Petrus Olavi of Skänninge, laid its foundations in Rome, in the 1350s. Birgitta had moved there in 1349, and remained in that city for the rest of her life. After the first Birgittine abbey opened in Vadstena in 1384, the order rapidly spread across Europe.
The chants on this recording are from the Birgittine Abbey, Maria Refugie in Uden, The Netherlands and this is the first time that chants from the rich collection in Maria Refugie have been recorded. It is also the first recording of the Birgittine repertoire from sources dating after the Middle Ages. I have selected 37 chants that reflect the musical and textual richness of Cantus sororum. The material spans more than 400 years, yet forms a coherent repertoire that belongs to the Gregorian chant tradition in all important aspects, with a Birgittine twist.

  • anon.: Sunday
    I. Invitatory - Trinum deum

    II. Matins Hymn - O trinitatis
    III. Third matins Responsory: Maria summe

    IV. Sext Antiphon - Omnia mandata

  • anon.: Monday
    I. Invitatory - Regem angelorum
    II. Lauds Antiphone - Angeli archangeli
    III. Lauds Hymn - In throno Deo

    IV. Responsorium breve - Angelorum domina
    V. Magnificat Antiphone - Magnificetur rex

  • anon.: Tuesday
    I. Invitatory - Filium Dei
    II. Benedictus Antiphon - Benedictus sis tu
    III. Vespers Antiphon - Omnem potestatem
    IV. Compline Hymn - Victum vitalem

  • anon.: Wednesday
    I. Invitatory - Ortum virginis
    II. Third Matins Responsory - Solem justicie
    III. Lauds Antiphon - Nativitas gloriose
    IV. Prime Antiphon - Nativitatem recolamus

  • anon.: Thursday
    I. Invitatory - Ave Maria
    II. Matins Antiphon - Congratulamini Filio Deo
    III. Lauds Antiphon - O admirabile commercium
    IV. Benedicamus devotis mentibus
    V. Sext Antiphon - Germinavit radix Jesse

  • anon.: Friday
    I. Invitatory - Regem virginis
    II. Matins Antiphon - Benedictum sit nomen
    III. Versiculus - Spineo serto
    IV. Sext Antiphon - Tremor terre
    V. Vespers Antiphon - Annuntietur in universa

  • anon.: Saturday
    I. Invitatory - In honorem virginis
    II. Second Matins Responsory - Que est ista

    III. Lauds Antiphon - Assumpta est Maria
    IV. Benedictus Antiphon - Que est ista
    V. Prime Antiphon - Maria virgo assumpta
    VI. Sext resp. breve - Ad coronam leticie
    VII. Vespers Antiphon - Jam letaris
    VIII. Vespers Hymn - O quam glorifica

    IX. Magnificat Antiphon - Maria, Maria
    X. Compline Antiphon - Cum iocundate

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