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Gregorian - the Middle Ages in the rhythms of hard-rock

April 18 2006
12:32

Gregorian project is not unique in its genre, but certainly the most worthy and relevant. The producer and founder of Gregorian, the notorious Frank Peterson (who worked with Sarah Brightman and Ofra Haza) in 1991 recorded its first album of future legends Sadisfaction. Alas, the first creation in Germany do not understand, and soon it was forgotten. Compete at a time with giants like Enigma was impossible.

Seven years later, Frank Petersen decided to continue working on your project Gregorian. As in the original version, it was decided to use the Gregorian chants. Frank, the experience of the first failure, has secured strong support Michael Soltau, Carsten Heusmann and Jan-Eric Kohrs. With a new team, it was decided to move to the repertoire of the so-called covers. At that time, was quite unknown, as consumers react to the old hits for a new treatment. But Mark and co took the risk and released their second CD. Sensational success was not expecting anyone.

Initially, we selected 12 are already classics of the second half of the twentieth century. They included hits such groups as Duran Duran, REM, U2 and even Metallica. All tracks have been stylized choral singing, which itself required a transition to a modern 12-tone score on the "dobahovskuyu" system. Music recording and mixing took place in a Hamburg studio Nemo. Whole year ten of the best singers Albion were recording the album Masters Of Chant.

The composition of the choir were selected Philip Conway, Thomas Barnard, Jeremy Birchall, Andrew Busher, Mark Bradbury, Timothy Holmes, Roger Langford, Gregory Moore, David Porter Thomas and Christopher Tickner. Then, in the round, joined by Michael Dore, John Langly and Alex Mack. To make the music Gregorian most epic and atmospheric entry of the choir took place in the old church, long used as a studio.

And at the end of 1999 the album was released. Success. No, the furore. At one point the team turned in a cohort of the most popular projects. Wildly popular in all musical circles. Gregorian audience were taken with a bang. Rappers, metalworkers, Rockers, ordinary citizens - all appreciated the second rebirth of Gregorian chant. The album went multi-platinum all in a year. Excellent sales in Germany, Norway, Belgium, Australia and Russia. This success inspires. Since the beginning of 2000, "Gregoriansy" a world tour.

Speeches Gregorian leave most nesgladimye impressions. More than half a sold-out performances throughout Europe in the first round. Dressed in monk's robes singers, beautiful light and energy fully convey the atmosphere of medieval Europe. Critics and audiences were happy.


After just a year team headed by Frank Peterson sits at record their second album. In order not to stand in place and develop its success, the team goes in the direction of the experiments. Here's how to comment on record the album himself Peterson.


"We've worked with a string orchestra and guitars, people can not afford to miss because of the lack of original ideas, and at the same time should not push them sverhambitsioznymi experiments.


With each new album of "cover songs" on the rock and metal bands only increased.In the next five albums were Perepetui hits such as: Child In Time - Deep Purple, The End - The Doors, Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin, Join Me - HIM, Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode, Fields Of Gold - Sting, Hurt - Nine Inch Nails, My Immortal - Evanescence, More - Sisters Of Mercy, Engel - Rammstein, In The Shadows - The Rasmus, Lady In Black - Uriah Heep, The Unforgiven - Metallica, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day.


At the same time themselves Gregorian wrote songs. Moments of Peace, Before the Dawn, and Out of the Cold - unambiguous hits the team. These tracks were headed the charts around the world and not without reason. The title track second album, Moments Of Peace was written in memory of the tragic events in the U.S. on September 11 of 2001.
Today, with the release in March, Masters Of Chant Chapter V, Gregorian again went on tour. In mid-May, the hottest team in Germany to visit Moscow with concerts. This is your chance.

Васильева Камилла

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