This CD includes spiritual songs from Russia and Serbia sung in the English language. Sections include songs written by St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), Abbess Thaisia (of Russia) and many others, sung by the nuns. Powerful in their sobriety, prayerful in their expression and delightful in melody. Included with this CD is a 12-page booklet of lyrics.
Some song titles: Psalm 120, The Sea of Life, Prayer on the Resurrection, Mighty Bells, and more.
Cappella Romana is one of the Pacific Northwest’s few professional chamber vocal ensembles. It has a special commitment to mastering the Slavic and Byzantine repertories in their original languages, thereby making accessible to the general public two great musical traditions that are little known in the West.
The selections of “Angelic Light: Music from Eastern Cathedrals” feature both liturgical and para-liturgical works, seamlessly moving from ancient chant melodies to compositions by some of the world’s most notable composers working in the tradition today including Rev. Dr. Ivan Moody, Peter Michaelides and Tikey Zes.
Song selection and sequence from Ellen Holmes (producer of the Hearts of Space Records’ Sacred Treasures series)
Visit Cappella Romana online at cappellaromana.org.
This selection of hymns from Great Lent and Pascha includes a total of 32 tracks, including “Christ Is Risen,” and thus presents a cross section of the hymns of the season. Beginning with “Waters of Babylon” only heard in the first three Sundays, the recording moves through the season presenting representative hymns, many of which are not included in typical recordings. Music and text of the recording is available from the producer. Sung in English, limited liner notes, no hymn text included. Length 77:55.
Behold Your God: Hymns of the Orthodox Church for the Feasts of Christmas, Theophany, and the Meeting of the Lord
Total of 37 tracks: also includes: Reading from Luke 2:22-40; Rejoice, O Virgin; O Virgin Theotokos, thou Hope of Christians; He Who Was Born on High (in Eight Tones); Lord, Now Lettest; O My Most Blessed Queen; Processional Ring.
Recorded by St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir in 2011.
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1. Psalm 103 (Valaam Chant)
2. Vouchsafe O Lord (Optina Hermitage Chant)
3. First Antiphon (Georgian Chant)
4. Second Antiphon (Georgian Chant)
- Only Begotten Son
5. The Beatitudes (Znamenny Chant)
6. Trisagion (17th C. Russian Polyphony
7. The Cherubic Hymn (Znamenny)
8. Anaphora (Znamenny)
9. The Angel Cried (In Slavonic)
10. Sunday Communion Hymn (St. John Koukouzelis)
11. Of thy Mystical Supper (Znamenny Chant)
12. Receive the body of Christ (Ancient Chant)
13. Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight (Kievan Chant)
14. The Wise Thief (Trio, Kiev Caves Melody)
15. Thy Bridal Chamber (Kievan Chant)
16. Many Years (Moscow Chant)
17. Many Years (Common Chant)
18. Psalm 103 (St. Michael’s Hermitage Chant)
Sung by the choirs of St Vladimir’s Seminary
Arranged for English-language liturgical use in North America, these chants draw from various musical traditions of the Orthodox Church and include, among other selections:
- Gladsome Light, Znamenny chant
- “The Shadow of the Law,” Znamenny chant
- St Symeon’s Prayer, Byzantine chant
- Antiphon XV at the Entrance of the Cross on Great and Holy Friday, Byzantine chant
- The Polyeleon (Psalm 135), Byzantine chant
- Exapostilarion of Bridegroom Matins, Bulgarian melody
- Kathisma Hymn of Great and Holy Thursday, Carpatho-Rusyn chant
- Kathisma Hymn of Paschal Nocturns, Bulgarian melody
- “Christ is Risen,” Serbian and Byzantine chant
- Total running time: 54 minutes
- 8-page folder insert
- historical development of each melody
- essay by Dr. Dimitri Conomos on the Cherubic Hymn and its substitutes
- hymn text
- typeset music available here
- Cherubic Hymn, Znamenny chant, “Now the Powers” melody
- Cherubic Hymn, Georgian chant
- Cherubic Hymn, Serbian chant, “Nicholas the Serb” 14th cent.
- Of Thy Mystic Supper, Znamenny chant, L. Margitich
- Cherubic Hymn, Russian chant, “Sophronievskaia”
- Cherubic Hymn, Znamenny chant
- Cherubic Hymn, Znamenny chant, Tone 5, L. Margitich
- Cherubic Hymn, Serbian chant, Tone 1, after Mokranjac
- Now the Powers, Bulgarian chant
- Let All Mortal Flesh, Russian Valaam chant
- Cherubic Hymn, Romanian chant, Tone 8, I. Popescu-Pasãrea
Editor’s Note: if you listen carefully to the final clip (Track 11) you can hear a bell tolling at the very end. At the airport en route to our final recording session in California, I received a call from Fr. Lawrence, saying that a member of the parish had died and some of our plans for one of the sessions he was scheduled to conduct would have to be changed due to the funeral. In the end, they decided to have the funeral in the smaller church and we decided to go ahead and record sans director in the main church, knowing we would have to discontinue once the funeral let out because of all the noise. As it happened, we were recording the final “Alleluias” of the hymn when the bell began to toll and birds burst into song. We quickly looked at each other and all knew we needed to keep going rather than stop the tape. It felt like a very appropriate and blessed thing to be able to offer our final hymn as a living memorial to the handmaid of God Olga. May her memory be eternal!