LITURGICAL TREASURES FROM BULGARIA

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Condition
Brand New
Duration
Album
Release Year
2016
Country/Region of Manufacture
United States
Artist
Various Artists
Format
Audio CD
Release Date
April 22, 2016
Number of Discs
1
UPC
618321526224
Record Label
MRI
MPN
618321526224

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LITURGICAL TREASURES FROM BULGARIA

 One would be forgiven if after listening to the majority of Eastern Orthodox liturgical recordings the conclusion was made they are predominately male voices comprising large choirs that sing only beautifully serene hymns!  The fact is, and always has been, that Eastern Orthodox liturgical services are “sung services,” many parts of the services are responsorial (between celebrant and choir), and always the role of the hymn or chant is to serve as a vehicle for the prayer.  That is to say, the hymn or chant is praise or intercession, and the understanding has always been that the most beautiful way to make a prayer is in song! The role of the composer and the composition, by addressing the listener’s senses and emotions, is to find new or enhanced ways to offer the same prayer that has been offered for over two millennia.

This recording then is intended to offer selections of creatively arranged liturgical choral music that illustrates the wonder of the choir performance.  The choirs are all from Bulgaria and are male, mixed voice, female and a boys choir.  Liturgical services do not always move from hymn to hymn; rather the hymn is most commonly a response to a call, and that is often an antiphonal interaction between the congregation/choir and the celebrant (priest and/or deacon), so there is frequently a solo voice that introduces the hymn and may close it—and there may be solo voices in the hymn.  How the solo voice and the choir interact and complement each other, and how they accomplish their joint purpose is what this collection is about. The selections purposefully contain highs and lows, quiet and loud, meditative and exuberant, in order to convey the range of emotions from the respective services.

The services represented are Great Vespers (O Gladsome Radiance and Blessed is the Man), Matins (where the Polyeleos is typically sung in the time before a Feast), and the Divine Liturgy (Holy God, Meet it is in Truth to Bless You, We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee, In Thy Kingdom, Come Let Us Worship, Our Father, and We Have No Other Help). Festal services included are from Holy Week and Easter (The Noble Joseph, Resurrection), and the Nativity (Exaltation for the Nativity).  Rejoice, Isaiah; Holy Martyrs... is sung at weddings.
This recording of Bulgarian choirs (male, mixed voice, female and a boys choir), is intended to offer selections of liturgical choral music that illustrate the uniqueness of the arrangements and the wonder of the performance. As practiced in the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is an antiphonal interaction between the congregation/choir and the celebrant (priest and/or deacon), so there is always a solo voice that introduces the hymn, and frequently closes it. The services represented are Matins, Great Vespers, and the Divine Liturgy. Festal services included are from Holy Week and Easter as well as the Nativity. Two unique & seldom heard hymns are The Polyeleos (sung at Matins in the time before a Feast) and Rejoice, Isaiah, Holy Martyrs (sung at weddings). These choirs from Bulgaria stand out because of their performance quality and the free use of male and female voice in choir and solo roles. Includes performances by Sofia Orthodox Choir, Sofia Boys Choir, Male Choir of Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, Sofia Madrigal, and Vassil Arnaudov Sofia Chamber Choir

Track List:
1. "O Gladsome Radiance" - Sofia Orthodox Choir        
2. "Blessed is the Man" - Sofia Orthodox Choir        
3. "Resurrection (Voskresenya Den)" - Sofia Boys' Choir        
4. "Polyeleos" - Sofia Orthodox Choir        
5. "Holy God" - Male Choir of Sveta Nedelya Cathedral        
6. "The Noble Joseph" - Mixed Choir        
7. "Meet it is in Truth to Bless You" - Sofia Madrigal        
8. "Rejoice Isaiah, Holy Martyrs…" - Mixed Choir        
9. "We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee" - Sofia Orthodox Choir        
10."Exaltation for the Nativity" - Male Choir of Sveta Nedelya Cathedral        
11. "In Thy Kingdom, Come Let us Worship" - Madrigal Sofia Chamber Choir        
12. "Otche Nash (Our Father)" - Madrigal Sofia Chamber Choir        
13. "We Have No Other Help" - Vassil Arnaudov Sofia Chamber Choir

Product Details:
Artist: Various Artists
Creators: Sofia Orthodox Choir, Sofia Boys Choir
Languages: English Original Language, English Unknown
Audio: CD
Release Date: April 22, 2016
Studio: MRI
Label: MRI
Publisher: MRI
ManufacturerMRI
UPC: 618321526224
EAN: 0618321526224
Title: Liturgical Treasures from Bulgaria
Number Of Discs: 1