Orthodox Music (84)
The Elevation of the Cross, celebrated on September 14th, commemorates the fourth-century discovery of the miracle-working Cross of Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. It also commemorates the recovery of the Cross from the Persians by the emperor Heraclius in the seventh century. At that time, it was “elevated” in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, which Saint Helen had built in its honor. To this day, bishops and priests in the Orthodox Church raise up the Cross on the feast day as the faithful continually chant “Lord have mercy” (Track 19). The Cross is raised as our symbol of victory over death, strength and healing for the faithful, and our reminder that we find eternal life through self-denial in this life.
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 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.
On this CD, Boston Byzantine Choir continues their work of recording traditional Byzantine chant in English. This selection of hymns begins with Lazarus Saturday (the Saturday preceding Palm Sunday) and continues through Holy and Great Friday.
Pascha. The Feast of Feasts. The Festival of Festivals. No other day in the Orthodox calendar is celebrated with such majesty and splendor.
The Orthodox Paschal journey from death to resurrection, from the vigil at the darkened tomb to the sublime and radiant light of the angel at the empty tomb of the Risen Christ, is expressed through the Church’s unique hymns and services.