22 June 2011

More chant, less cant. This week I attempt, in my halting way, to demonstrate the development of Oriental Christian chant from the 13th to the 19th century. (It gets more complex.)

"The sounds in these chants are majestic and prolonged... They express the groaning of the repentant soul which sighs in the land of its expulsion for the blessed, longed-for land of eternal joy, of pure divine pleasure...."

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Disc One: The Founders of Grottaferrata
Ioannas Arvanitis - cantor & director, Alexander Lingas - artistic director, Cappella Romana
Byzantium in Rome: Medieval Byzantine Chant from Grottaferrata
Cappella Romana, CR403-2CD
(Greek hymns from 13th and 14th century manuscripts.)

2. "Liturgy of the Faithful" from The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Mediaeval Chant of the Russian Orthodox Church
Bishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) - celebrant, Choir of Danilov Monastery Moscow, Georgy Safonov - director
Christophorus, CHR 77287
(Chants from 16th century manuscripts.)

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

3. Matins of the Holy Easter
Archimandrite Matthew (Mormyl) - conductor, Choir of the Trinity-St. Sergius Laura & the Moscow Theological Academy
Melodiya: The Russian Label: Highlights
Melodiya, 74321 27247 2
(19th century homophonic settings. Ring dem bells!)

4. Gregorian Chants, Eternal Chants
Benedictine Monks of the Abbey at Ganagobie
Milan, 73138 35653-2
(A mixed bag. Purists beware! 18th and 20th century organ music interludes!)

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
Byzantium in Rome - CD Universe
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - CD Universe
Matins of Holy Easter - Amazon
Gregorian Chants, Eternal Chants - CD Universe mp3

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