Since the refounding of the monastery of St. Peter of Solesmes in 1833 under Dom Prosper Gueranger, this Benedictine monastery on the River Sarthe in western France has set the world standard both for the performance of Gregorian chant and the authenticity of the music itself. Commissioned by Pope Pius X to research the role of chant in liturgy and to edit books on chant that reflect this research, Solesmes enjoys an enviable reputation. Its work in liturgical reform and in the current revival of Gregorian chant has been likened to that of the great abbey of Cluny in the Middle Ages. These recordings incorporate new understandings of ancient manuscripts and represent a distillation of nearly 200 years of scholarship in the chant: musical paleography, semiology, and modality. The groundbreaking work by the monks of Solesmes has contributed to today’s resurgence of interest in Gregorian chant as the foundation of Western music.
"The most famous and ‘authentic’ recordings of Gregorian chant for generations have been those made by the Solesmes monks." —The Boston Globe
"The music is utterly magnificent and the singing of this great choir is thrilling beyond words…it’s better to starve to this music than to live without it." —Classic CD
"Supremely ethereal." —USA Today
"Solesmes sets the standard for Gregorian chant performance." —American Record Guide