Actually this CD represents two CDs of a cappella praise and worship music of Male Monastery Kiev Pechersk (Caves) Lavra: A cappella hymns of the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.
Lavra's praise and worship music is unique and precious heritage of the Orthodox sacred choral music culture with its origin in XI century (1091) in the monastery, founded by inok Anthony arrived from Aphona. By the report of eyewitnesses, Lavra's praise and worship music is notable for solemn harmony, spiritual touching, prayer inspiration and peculiarity. True beauty, inner might, greatness, power- these were the reason for all orthodox Christians as well as for foreigners. The success can be explained with understanding of praise and worship music as spiritual. It is a living witness of orthodox tradition. It is indicator of might, greatness of the human spirit. It is distinctive musical chronicle of monastic life, their fire of hearts, their spiritual depth and wealth.
Praise and worship music of Kiev Pechersk Lavra is fixed by sound intonation contour of prayer. It is an exclamation of the heart rushed to God. This is the way used by heroic monk to come up to God. During solemn festive services, in a state of prayer inspiration, singers unintentionally supplemented, developed this music. That is how appeared the differences of Lavra's praise and worship music: saturation with repeated single words strongly marked melodism, mobility of musical substance.
In this moment, listening to this records, you can meditate about that majesty and might, which were so noticeable for Lavra's hymns, and communicating this wonderful tradition to derive for you spiritual strength for to ennoble and exalt a contemporary human being