Monks’ Gregorian chant CD topping charts worldwide

NEW YORK (CNS) — They’re Austrian. They’re Catholic. They sing. That description might make readers think of "The Sound of Music" and the von Trapp family, but the singers in question are Cistercian monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz Abbey, a 12th-century monastery near Vienna. Their CD of Gregorian chants has become a phenomenal crossover hit topping pop charts around the world. The monastery was founded in 1133 and its community has continued uninterrupted since then. After the European release of "Chant: Music for the Soul" in May, it quickly became the top classical album in Great Britain before crossing over and becoming No. 7 in the British pop charts. Similarly, it’s made the top-10 charts in Austria, France, Australia and Sweden.

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