The monks of Pluscarden Abbey present a new CD album of Gregorian Chant: Tempus per annum.
The album explores music used in ‘Ordinary Time’ – that is, all the weeks that fall outside the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, and apart from the many Feasts of the Church’s Year. The repertoire of Gregorian Chant offers a great wealth of music for Ordinary Time, and the Chants recorded on this album were selected to illustrate some of this rich variety. The album is in four main sections – firstly joyous and dynamic, then meditative and slow, then bold and confident, and finally adoring and glorifying, with a brief closing section dedicated to Mary the mother of Jesus.
The album was programmed, performed and recorded by the monks of Pluscarden Abbey, and produced by Ffin Records.
Accompanying the album is a 32-page booklet of detailed notes written by the monks of Pluscarden about the interpretation, context and history of each track, together with the complete Latin texts and English translations for all the music heard. The printed booklet is included with the CD, and available to download as a free PDF from the shop.
The music was released on 12th October 2018, and is available from the Pluscarden Abbey website, direct from the Pluscarden Shop, and from iTunes, Amazon digital and direct from Ffin Records.