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Orthodox Liturgical Music & Chants  (54)

CHANT TRADITIONS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Executant: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Choir #: 12155

Kevin Smith, director
Mark Bailey, associate director

Playing Time: 57 minutes

Price: € 18.38 £ 14.61 $ 23.81

THE GLORY OF BYZANTIUM

Executant: Lycourgos Angelopoulos and the Byzantine Choir of Greece Divna and the Melodi Choir #: 12156

This album is a tribute to the splendors of Byzantine music, source of the oldest Christian traditions. This is one of the greatest recordings of Byzantine music that exists in the world; a true and internationally recognized masterpiece. This CD has been conceived as a subtle dialogue between two outstanding artists representative of this renowned repertoire: a legend and an up-and-comer.

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LIFE-GIVING WOOD (FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE CROSS)

Executant: performed by St. Lawrence Orthodox Chorale #: 12157

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.

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SACRED TREASURES I: CHORAL MASTERWORKS FROM RUSSIA (AUDIO CD)

Executant: #: 12158

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.

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CHRIST IS RISEN! THE ANCIENT HYMNS OF PASCHA (CD)

Executant: by the Monks of Holy Cross Monastery #: 12159

This recording by the monks of Holy Cross Monastery is dedicated to the Feast of Feasts-the bright and glorious Resurrection of our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The choir has used as a primary musical basis, the official Synodal chant books of the Russian Orthodox Church. These books, the only ones ever blessed for liturgical use by the Holy Synod of the Russian Church, represent the most ancient and venerable forms of Russian Church music. In adapting these sanctified melodies for English text, the monastic choir strives to preserve the reverent and ascetical spirit of the original hymns, while at the same time rendering the English versions easily intelligible.

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WHAT EARTHLY JOY (CD)

Executant: Chanters of St. Lawrence Orthodox Church #: 12160

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.

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COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT: ORTHROS SERVICE OF HOLY PASCHA (CD)

Executant: by Eikona #: 12161

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!

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NOW THE POWERS OF HEAVEN: LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS (CD)

Executant: performed by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine Choir #: 12162

One section highlights traditional Byzantine melodies for the musical elements in the Presanctified Liturgy; a second section includes non-Byzantine melodies.

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I WILL SING UNTO THE LORD

Executant: Choir of the Summer School of Liturgical Music #: 12164

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.

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REJOICE, O VIRGIN (CD)

Executant: by the Choir of St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church #: 12165

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.

Price: € 19.39 £ 15.41 $ 25.12
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