With over 10 million albums sold all over the world, Frank Peterson, the producer and the brain of the Gregorian group, is one of the most appreciated German artists. But now, Masters of Chant got to the end of the story, with its number of 10 successful musical volumes, celebrated through an emotional final tour that will pass through Bucharest, as well, on the 16th of May.
Frank Peterson, Michael Cretu’s partner for the Enigma project, thought about creating a musical group which was supposed to mix pop and choral music, before 1991. At that time, he was a big fan of medieval sonorousness and he was already successful with Enigma.
“Years ago, I have visited The Escorial Royal Monastery, in Spain. Before entering the monastery, I was listening to rock music on my Walkman. And right after I opened the door, I’ve heard some pieces of sound that caught my attention immediately: the monastery choir was singing a Gregorian chant. That moment, the rock music on my headphones mixed with that specific sonorousness of the church and that’s how I thought about forming this Gregorian choir project”, Peterson said.
The Gregorian music or the Gregorian chant is a liturgical musical genre often used in the Catholic Christian cult, inspired from the music of the first Christian generations from The Western Roman Empire, the Gregorian music developing between the 6th and 11th centuries. And the name Gregorian comes from Pope Gregory I The Great (Roman pontiff between the years 590 and 604).
Now, in the Gregorian choir repertoire we can listen a ballad by Eurythmics together with a pop-rock song by Tears For Fears, or a mix of a Peter Gabriel song and a Lenny Kravitz or Metallica refrain.