‘We’re not Robbie Williams or Michael Jackson, we’re just a group of monks who sing every day.’—Rev. Karl Wallner
A group of Austrian monks have signed a major recording contract after submitting a YouTube clip of their Gregorian chanting. Universal Music put out a call in religious publications for “monks, men of the cloth and sacred singers” in February. Recording executives were inundated with hundreds of demos but said the monks from the Heiligenkreuz monastery stood head and shoulders above the competition. Tom Lewis said he was “blown away” by the quality of the monks’ singing.
“It was beautiful, beautiful music, and they’re using the very latest in terms of communication devices available to them to get their music heard,” Lewis told BBC News.
“They’re lovely people, they’re very passionate about their music and they’re very excited about this opportunity.”
There are 80 monks at Heiligenkreuz, a Cistercian monastery located in the Vienna woods that dates back to 1133.
An album, set for global release later this year, will be recorded next month.
The monastery’s Rev. Karl Wallner said the album would include about a dozen singers.
“It’s a fun experience because I didn’t think they would choose us — it was just for fun that we [contacted] them. It’s a good thing because Gregorian chant is part of spirituality and our life.”
Wallner also said he didn’t think his monks were on the level of music superstars.
“We’re not Robbie Williams or Michael Jackson, we’re just a group of monks who sing every day.”
March 25, 2008, 7:33 am at 7:33 am
I like the message at the end of the clip 😉
March 25, 2008, 7:46 am at 7:46 am
Gregorian Chant is the beginning of all western art music. I love that stuff: It really does put me in a relaxed frame of mind and spirit.
I’ll keep an eye out for the CD. I have some chant, but not enough.
March 25, 2008, 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm
Beautiful music, could listen all day.
Watch for the ACLU to try and block sales here, in the U.S. for some leftard reason…and their compatriots the Islamics to start agitation in Vienna. This cannot be, it humiliates allah.
March 25, 2008, 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm
As it happens, I have two Gregorian Chant CDs, Chant and Chant II, from the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. They’re great for the bad days.
March 27, 2008, 4:31 pm at 4:31 pm
[…] Pubblicato da rickinca84 su Gio 27 Mar 08 Austrian monks win recording contract with YouTube clip « Tizona’s Weblog […]
March 2, 2009, 10:52 am at 10:52 am
This is fantastic – I wishing them every success.