Orthodox Music (79)
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.
Sung by the finest Russian and Bulgarian choirs, this extraordinary collection of transcendent prayers and hymns highlights the timeless Russian tradition of devotion to masterfully-composed Church music. Litrugical music by Russian composers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Rachmaninov, Tchsikovsky, Bortniansky, and Kedrov, is performed by large, mixed choirs with an incredibly wide dynamic vocal range.
The hymns on this CD are sung in various Russian chant forms (Znammeny, Valaam, Carpatho-Russian, etc.) by an all male choir, but almost as many are sung in either Byzantine chant or related chant forms. It is a terrific cross section of the Eastern Orthodox chant expression in English that is happening in many parishes today. The hymn selection is both festal and is principally from the Lenten-Paschal cycle. Liner insert includes the entire text in English.
The Paschal service is the most widely attended service of the year. It is filled with hymns of exhortation and joyful praise, announcing the good news of Christ’s Resurrection.
This is the day of Resurrection Let us be radiant in the festival Let us embrace one another Let us call brothers, even those who hate us And forgive all things in the resurrection And therefore let us proclaim: Christ is risen from the dead By death He has trampled upon death and to those in the tombs He is bestowing Life!
In 2006, the Summer School of Orthodox Liturgical Music marked the fifteenth anniversary of its founding. The recording project brought together approximately 30 singers under the direction of Nikolai Myshkin, a Moscow choir director who has been a long–time faculty member at the School. The repertoire and the style of singing are reflective of the School’s musical orientation—preserving the best traditions of the “new Russian Choral School”. More rehearsal and recording time would have likely yielded a slightly more polished product—the entire project was accomplished with only two rehearsals and four days of recording sessions. Nevertheless, the recording is a tribute to the dedication and perseverance of the School’s founders, faculty, and supporters, who have created an unparalleled institution for cultivating the art of Russian Orthodox liturgical singing outside of Russia.
In English as Performed by Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church Choir in Ben Lomond, California.
Featuring hymns to the Mother of God which express ber role in our salvation and the Church`s love for her. The music is drawn from various traditions and includes several new Byzantine Arrangements.