Orthodox Music (84)
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.
A recording of The Great Doxologies in the Eight Modes chanted in English by the world-renowned Mount Lebanon Choir. Beautifully chanted in the Byzantine style used on the Holy Mountain (*Mt. Athos), it is suitable both for personal enjoyment and for teaching. The chanters` voices are of fine professional quality, and the chant itself is clear and crisply defined, for uplifting listening and for choral instruction.
Includes selections from Vespers and Matins, as well as Troparia and Kontakia for various feast days.
This collection of Byzantine hymnography in English may come as a revelation to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike. To the former, that the traditional tones and hymns can be rendered in the English language without a diminution of form and essence, and to the latter, that this tradition of sacred music need not be inaccessible to western listeners.