Orthodox Music (CDs) (47)
The Church’s Liturgy is so important, St. John of Kronstadt even said that, “If one was to put all of the world’s most precious things on one side of a scale, and the Divine Liturgy on the other, the scales would tip completely in favor of the Divine Liturgy.” He revealed the depth of this statement by explaining that “the Divine Liturgy is truly a heavenly service upon earth, during which God Himself, in a particular, immediate, and most close manner, is present and dwells with men, being Himself the invisible Celebrant of the service, offering and being offered. There is nothing upon earth holier, higher, grander, more solemn, more life-giving than the Liturgy....When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai in the Old Testament, the Hebrew people were ordered to previously prepare and cleanse themselves. In the Divine Liturgy we have not a lesser event than God’s descent upon Mount Sinai, but a greater one: here before us is the very face of God the Lawgiver.” Sung in Arabic, Greek, and English by V. Rev. Elias Bitar, Samer Kannab-Adida, George Mansour, and Rana Nassour-Derbaly.
In celebration of 15 years of their beautiful musical offerings, the three sisters of Eikona have released this This beautiful compilation of several well known liturgical hymns of the Orthodox church, sung in several modes or tones in English (for the most part) according to the Byzantine chant transcriptions by Fr. Ephraim of St. Anthony`s Greek Orthodox Monastery in Arizona.
The Choir of St. Nicholas Church released their premiere CD, Good and Faithful Servant, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their parish. The hymns represented here reflect the rich and varied practice of liturgical singing at the parish, drawing upon a number of different chant traditions. These beloved hymns from throughout the church year, including Lent, Pascha, Christmas, and the feast of St. Nicholas, stem from a variety of traditions, but principally that of South Western Rus`. They form the foundation of our choir`s repertoire, yet many are unlikely to be heard elsewhere! The choir has also selected three tracks of beautiful church bells ringing. The majority of the singing is in English language; the others are identified within the track listing below. The CD was professionally recorded and produced, and contains over 70 minutes of music.
It is said that Father Gregory Petroff was murdered while in a prison camp, but not before he was able to pen the poignant Akathist of Thanksgiving, giving to the Church and to the world light from great darkness, reminding us that even in the midst of frightful suffering true Christian conviction and courage are unconquerable.
American composer Richard Toensing creates a vibrant musical synthesis of East and West with new settings of ancient Orthodox Christmas texts. This virtuosic Choral Concerto for unaccompanied double choir and multiple soloists uses the dramatic words of St. Romanos the Melodist (6th c.) to recount the mystery of Jesus? birth. Toensing?s more intimate New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ alternate between exuberant celebration and joyful contemplation as they bridge the gap between Byzantine and American hymnody. Chanted/sung in English, liner notes in English with complete hymn text.
This newer edition of Gates of Repentance, adds eight additional hymns that provide a complete chant journey through Great Lent, from the first Sunday of the Triodion through Great Friday. Hymn selections are taken from each major service of Great Lent to constitute a cohesive whole. The original recording has been completely re-mastered and re-engineered to provide an integrated musical sound.
What can we who are mortal, finite, sinful and weak offer to Him—the Immortal. Infinite, sinless and All-powerful God—Who became circumscribed for us, enduring our poverty that we might share in His riches? The mind staggers and words fail before they have even begun to attempt to hymn that awesome wonder of the God's great condescension: the birth in the flesh of the very God-Man, Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, for two-thousand years Christian hearts have assayed to offer hymns and spiritual songs to this holiest of miracles and most precious of gifts
This is the second Choral Masterworks recording of Russian liturgical music (actually the third in the series), and is another collection of magnificent recordings in the tradition of Russian choral singing. The hymnology ranges from the Divine Liturgy to the Lenten Bridegroom Service to the All-Night Vigil. Composers include Komitas, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Liner notes include a complete description of each hymn, but no text. Sung in Church Slavonic.