New Gregorian-CD of Benedictines from Avignon is on the English Top 15 List -- The Gregorian Choir Speaks "to the Soul".
Paris (kath.net) The French Benedictines of Notre Dame de l'Annonciation of Avignon have made a CD with their Gregorian songs and have stormed the UK Top 15 of the British charts. The album reflects with the songs to profession of the withdrawn lives of the Sisters: "The Gregorian Choir helps us to draw completely close to the Lord God. He doesn't speak to the senses, rather to the soul", explained a Sister to nanoo.com. In the internet commentary of a Youtube-blogger girl said of the music: "that is so beautiful... I don't know anything about God, but Catholics make such wonderful music!"
The Community of the Benedictine Sisters of Notre Dame de l'Annonciation was founded in 1979 and has its home in Le Barroux, in the vicinity of France's province of Avignon. The Sisters lead a furtive, withdrawn life devoted to prayer and work. Their sung prayers have finally become known outside the borders of France as they have signed a record contract with Decca in London. Now a chart success is the result.
kathtube: listening sample and interview with Sisters.
Link to kath.net original...