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Late Winter in the Wienerwald

As spring peeks up from between the rocks and pries it’s way out from under the frozen grown, the urge becomes almost irresistible to cancel life for a day and head for the Vienna Woods. In the last days of winter, the trees are still bare, and the light a blue and silver brown against […]

Monks Rock the Charts

Within a week of the release on May 19, the Austrian Cistercian monks of Heiligenkreuz rocketed to No. 9 on the UK album pop charts and No. 1 on the classical charts with their Gregorian chant album Chant-Music for Paradise. The monks had won a recording contract with Universal Classics in March after auditioning on […]

Singing Monks Of Heiligenkreuz

Singing Monks Of Heiligenkreuz

The Abbey of Heiligenkreuz takes up most of the little village that bears its name, nestled in a broad valley at the Western end of the Vienna Woods. About 15 kilometres (10 miles) from Vienna, it’s not far from the hunting lodge at Mayerling, where the Crown Prince Rudolf and his lover, the Baroness Vetsera, […]

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