Monks Choir of Kiev Pechersk Monastery | 1000 YEARS: Selected Chants of Russian Orthodox Church

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1000 YEARS: Selected Chants of Russian Orthodox Church

by Monks Choir of Kiev Pechersk Monastery

Rich chant tradition of the cradle of Orthodox monasticism in Rus is augmented with chants by latter-day composers and Christmas carols. Famous monks choir for many centuries is the legend and as magnet attracts thousands pilgrims from all over the world
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Thy Resurrection-(authentic Kiev chant)
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2. Christ's resurrection-. (S.Rachmaninov)
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3. Forestalling the morning-(N.Knegnitsky)
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4. The Body of Christ (A.Bessarabov)
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5. Fall asleep by the flash (ald Kiev Chant)
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6. The Easter day proclaiming
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7. Troparion (Sinodal tone)
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8. Bless is the man (authentic Kiev chant)
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9. O, gladsome Radiance
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10. Now lettest Thou depart-(anonymous)
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11. O Theotokas and Virgin, rejoice (S.Yasinevich)
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12. Psalm 33-(archimandrite Matthew)
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13. Small doxology-(anonymous)
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14. From my youth-( Kiev-Pechersk chant)
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15. O God forgive me
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16. O Theotokas and Virgin (J.Sarty)
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17. Great doxology
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18. O, God strengthen the faith
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19. ) Many Years-(V.Lebedeva)
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20. Christ is borning today-(A.Bessarabov)
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21. Unfailing Light-(A.Gitnik)
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22. Wonderful news
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23. Kolyadka (Carol)
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24. Christmas Carol
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25. The Child in the crib
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26. God with us -(Kiev-Pechersk chant)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For many centuries the cradle of Orthodox monasticism in Rus Kiev Pechersk (Caves)Monastery was pride of Orthodox world. Later on destroyed by the atheists "heavenly like" cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin was its adornment. The cathedral choir was the legend and the magnet which attracted thousands visitors and pilgrims.
This rare and hard to find music CD represent the best sacred chants of Russian Orthodox Church performed by the famous monastic male choir of Kiev Pechersk Monastery . During the centuries the specific style of church choir music was formed in the monastery. The origin of the monastery monk chants is in XI century when inok Anthony, arrived from Aphona, founded the Kiev-Pechersk Monastery
Church choir music of Kiev Pechersk monastery organically synthesize Byzantine tradition and folk- singing culture of old Rus.
The first track on this CD is very old and soulful traditional monastery chant "Thy resurrection" which opens the Easter Day. It's very rare recording of this chant because the church choir singing is accompanied by church bells ringing of Big Lavra's Bells Tower.
The next chant "Christ's Resurrection" by Sergey Rachmaninoff is undoubtedly a rarity recordings. Rachmanoff's works are being performed throughout the world. His symphonies, piano concertos are well known. Still, in the vast space of his music THERE ARE SOME PRESERVED CORNERS. One of which is his sacred choir music. When in 1915 the 42-years old Sergey Rachmaninoff had turned to the church choir music, he was living through a hard period of his life. He confessed he was getting weaker and older and was looking for "air, rest and solitude". The concluding words of this chant bore a special significance for the composer. He stressed the phrase "By Death Shall Death Be Destroyed" by sudden break in the sound dynamics, which turns it into an intimate confession.
"Receive Yea the Body of Christ" is Eucharistic chant. "Bless Is The Man", "O, Gladsome Radiance" and "Now Lettest Thou Depart" are very beautiful sacred chants of the all-night vigil service.
The conductor of Monks choir of Kiev Pechersk Lavra is hieromonk Kiril. He is also very good singer with very peculiar voice. His solo in "O THEOTOKOS AND VIRGIN REJOYS (Ave Maria)" is amazing and I'm sure this bueatiful sacred chant will melt your hart.
Under the influence of south-Slavic tunes Larva's church choir music gained a power and became one of brightest characteristics of Ancient Rus. There are only two traditional Kiev Pechersk chants on this CD ("From My Youth" and "God With Us") because there is another CD specially dedicated to traditional church choir music of Kiev Pechersk Monastery. www.cdbaby.com/churchmusic.
Twenty-three of the 26 tracks on this CD are resonantly sung by the monastic men's choir, while the mixed metropolitan's choir is featured on three tracks. One of them is "O THEOTOKOS AND VIRGIN" by J.Sarti. In 1784 Italian conductor and composer J.Sarti (1729-1802) visited Russia. He was so enraptured by Russia church choir music that he left Italy for Russia and till the end of his days he lived and worked there. He wrote many beautiful sacred chants for Russian Church and one of which is represented on this CD.
From ancient times Kolyadkas and Shchedrivkas (Ukrainian Christmas carols) became a symbol of Christmas time. You'll find some original Christmas sacred chants and traditional Ukrainian Christmas Carols at the end of this CD (tracks #20-25).


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lucarria

Monks Choir of Kiev
The music took me back in time to when I was small child in the Russian Orthodox Church. Never thought I would ever hear that type of prayerful music again until today. Thank you.

Carol

Monks Choir of Kiev
Love the music! The voices give me goosebumps. I'm so glad I tracked this CD down. I wish I knew the Cyrillic alphabet.

tjeerd c leenheer

magnificent
i love this msic. it gives me peace in my live

tjeerd

fantastisch
rustgevende muziek. ij deze muziek vergeet je alles om je heen.

Luke S

WOW
This is the most amazing album I ever heard. It's one of those CDs you can listen to over and over again and never get tired of it. The harmonies are relaxing and very tranquil - sung in perfect harmony which is a special treat to your senses. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CD!

www.WingsMusicMinistry.com

Rich in tradition
Beautiful versions steeped in rich tradition. God Bless.

Julia

Shoothing, Claming.
This music is Peacefully and march your mind and spirit
into the Joy of GOD.

Tom Vannus

Kiev Monks' Choir
I live in a resthome, and while listening, my nurse came in to check: no bp pill tonight!! This music hath the power to soothe....

J Carter

Sleeve Notes
Singing was wonderful but it was a pity that the sleeve notes were not in English.I would have liked to have read about the choir and the composers of the music.
But this does not detract from the quality of the choral singing.