Orthodox Music (89)
A beautiful work of the Athonite monks of St. Anthony's Monastery in Florence, Arizona. In traditional Byzantine, Athonite style but all in the English language.
This first CD in a projected series of five has music for the doxology, the typica, trisagion hymns, and several other hymns. Included with the CD is a booklet containing the text for all the hymns. This audio CD also contains all the sheet music in both Byzantine and Western notation that we used for this recording. The sheet music is included on the CD as PDF files that can be viewed and printed with a Macintosh or Windows computer.
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.
Pascha, the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, is appropriately known as "the Feast of Feasts" in Orthodox Christian tradition. The hymns of Pascha are among the most beautiful and vibrant in the Orthodox musical tradition, filling all who hear them with a profound sense of joy and excitement.
In 2002, the Nuns of St. Paisius Serbian Monastery in Safford, Arizona released "Dukhovna Lira" (The Spiritual Lyre), cat. no. K40 — a CD of Serbian spiritual songs, on texts by St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) (+ 1956). On the present CD many of these simple, endearing melodies have been translated into English. As before, they are sung with lovely simplicity and musicality by the small choir of nuns of St. Paisius Monastery. This CD highlights and revives the historically important tradition of Orthodox non-liturgical songs with a spiritual content, that has largely been neglected among modern-day Orthodox, but which is, nevertheless, an important traditional means of educating and nurturing both children and adults in the faith.
This CD focuses upon the soloistic elements of Orthodox Services (solos, duets, and trios, rather than full choir), drawing upon both the Byzantine and Slavic traditions. Produced by PSALM (Pan Orthodox Society for the Advancement of Liturgical Music) it is hoped this CD will encourage the exploration of the musical possibilities offered by a relatively small compliment of voices.