LONDON (Billboard) – It’s a pretty safe
bet that very few musical groups count Pope Benedict XVI among their
But the pontiff is a definite admirer of the latest boys in the hood(s)
to sign globally to Universal Classics U.K. It’s a choir of Austrian
monks from Stift Heiligenkreuz — the Abbey of the Holy Cross — a
monastery in the heart of the Vienna woods.
Benedict XVI declared himself impressed by the brothers’ vocal talents
when visiting the monastery last September. Their new status, however,
owes little to papal favor or even divine intervention; rather, it came
via a lengthy search by Universal through ads in British religious
publications for a choir performing Gregorian chants.
After the pope’s visit, the monastery posted a videoclip featuring the
monks’ 15-strong choir (and a performance of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on
the Water”) on YouTube. It quickly began attracting buzz online and has
generated more than 82,000 views.
One monk says they were subsequently encouraged to submit the clip to
Universal by “a friend from the media business in London.”
Despite competition from some 100 choirs, Heiligenkreuz’s monks were
the clear winner, London-based Universal Classics executive Tom Lewis
says. “They are, quite simply, the best Gregorian singers we have
heard. They make a magical, evocative sound, which is both immediately
calming and deeply moving.”.
Well the Pope does like boy bands – just
as long as they come from Vienna.
Now I really wish I could find the video
of the monks singing Deep Purples “Smoke on the Water.” Maybe they just
made that up. But there are videos of their chanting that have
attracted a large number views. This one
has attracted close to 87,000 and is quite beautiful.
I found some of the comments at YouTube to
be quite interesting especially this one.
First,, I’m atheist…. Second,, I cant
understand nothing of this Gregorian Chant,, but sounds amazing,,, no
matter what is the inspiration for this. Just enjoy it.