Orthodox Liturgical Music & Chants (45)
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.
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.