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.
This is a lovely new offering from the Heruvymy Quartet of Edmonton, Canada. The imaginative and well-considered choice of repertoire contains just the right mix between “East” and “West”–between popular Ukrainian carols and some of the best selections from the Western carol repertoire. The four wonderfully blended women’s voices sing with their customary musicality and refinement, a great gift to both your Slavic and non-Slavic friends!
-Vladimir Morosan, musicarussica.com
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.
Recorded by St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir in 2011.
Click select tracks for a sample!
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)
Cappella Romana offers two CDs in its latest release: a groundbreaking collection of medieval Byzantine chant from the Abbey of Grottaferrata, located in the suburban hills of Rome. Led by virtuoso cantor Ioannis Arvanitis, Cappella Romana recaptures the artistic vibrancy of medieval Italy’s Greek minority with ecstatic 13th-century chants for St. Benedict, the monastery’s founders St. Bartholomew and St. Nilos, and for the feast of Pentecost. Two CDs (CD1: The Founders of Grottaferrata; CD2: The Feast of Pentecost).
- 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!
Christmas Carols – Rizdvyani Kolyadki “The Boyan Ensemble”
The renowned St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), along with so many other merits, was the leader of a renewal movement among the pious lay people of Serbia who loved to spend long hours singing spiritually edifying songs, sung in the Serbian language. These melodies lift the heart up to holy and noble things.