The Officers of the Saint Gregory Society present a live recording of the Solemn Votive Mass in Honor of Saint Gregory the Great that was celebrated on 12 November 2006 at Sacred Heart Church in New Haven on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Society.
To describe the effect of Liturgy as represented on this disc, we paraphrase an extract from a review of one of our recordings that appeared in 2001 in Una Voce France: “This recording reflects a great reverence in the interpretation of the gregorian proper chants and recitatives as well the polyphonic music of Lasso and Palestrina. By just listening one is enveloped in an atmosphere of prayer and of profound devotion. One easily imagines all that such music can inspire in its proper setting, in the unfolding of the liturgical action, in the joyous solemnity of the liturgical festival as actually experienced.”
An archival recording of an actual liturgical celebration inevitably includes many extraneous sounds, the Officers of the Society believe that many listeners nevertheless will appreciate having alonside our professional audio recordings this aural testimony to the living tradition of the classical Roman Liturgy. Digitally recorded in surround sound. Accompanying booklet includes complete text of the Liturgy.