ICE Krakow Congress Centre will be the venue for the concert of Gregorian
On 19th December, at 7.00 pm, the ICE Krakow Congress Centre will be the venue for the concert of Gregorian whom the Polish audience adores! On their last tour of Warsaw, Gdynia and Poznań, the audience halls were bursting at the seams. This year, on their European Winter Chants Tour 2014, the choir will host in Krakow, Wrocław, Poznań and Warsaw. Makroconcert Polska is the concert organiser.
The choir’s new programme is in the mood of chamber music and reflection, ideally suited for frosty winter nights. Their mystical versions of our favourite pieces, the air of mystery wrapping the top chart hits – all that awaits you at the Gregorian concerts!
Gregorian was founded in Great Britain in the early 1990s. The innovative idea launched by Frank Petersen, a well-known music producer, to offer a fusion of mediaevel Gregorian chant with modern pop and rock music, turned out to be a hit. This very idea initiated the heyday of Gregorian. Already their first album Masters of chant earned them great popularity and smashing success: it reached gold in 6 European countries and platinum in Portugal. The ensemble was also ranked among the prestigious TOP 10 in ten countries all over the world. A year later, this success encouraged them to release another album: Masters of chant – chapter two. It turned out that the audience was not bored at all with the idea to remake popular hits into Gregorian chant. The record was released in 19 countries with the same unbelievable success as the previous one. It received gold in 8 European countries and platinum in Finland. The album was ranked 6th on the list of the TOP 10 best selling albums. The single Moment of Peace was also a spectacular hit.
Shortly after the release of the two first records, Frank Peterson, Carsten Heusmann, Jan-Eric Kohrs and Michael Soltau started working on the third part of the series, which was released in 2003. Similarly to their previous albums, the songs were in the style of Gregorian chant. In their first records, as well as now, the criterion of selection of musical pieces is simple: Gregorian only uses a seven-tone scale. Practically, this means that it’s not so easy to select the right repertoire, to match with the right key, to the right arrangement and to actually perform the pieces. Gregorian chant is a unison liturgical chant in the Roman Catholic Church, so the songs must also follow these rules obeyed by the singing monks. The Gregorian’s repertoire offers a cross-cut of the entire musical world: from Sting to Duran Duran.
In addition to their series Masters of chant, the choir has released the record The Dark Side, with a little heavier sound, and Gregorian Christmas: Chants & Motets – offering an alternative to traditional Christmas music. Owing to the group’s great popularity, Gregorian has many followers, but it’s the one and only such ensemble, unique and genuine. Their fans will have the opportunity to hear Gregorian’s greatest hits live this December at their concert tour of Poland – in Krakow, Wrocław, Poznań and Warsaw.
DON’T MISS OUT!
19th December 2014 – Krakow, ICE Krakow Congress Centre, 7.00 pm