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« on: September 20, 2011, 08:38:49 AM »

I finally figured out how to get itunes to work on my laptop, and was looking for some good Orthodox music.  I can't stand contemporary "Jesus is my boyfriend" music, which I have found by "Orthodox" musicians.  So far, my favorites are Eikona and Divna Ljubojevic.

What are some other good CD'S/artists that are worth listening too?
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 10:11:26 AM »

I finally figured out how to get itunes to work on my laptop, and was looking for some good Orthodox music.  I can't stand contemporary "Jesus is my boyfriend" music, which I have found by "Orthodox" musicians.  So far, my favorites are Eikona and Divna Ljubojevic.

What are some other good CD'S/artists that are worth listening too?

You might see if something by Cappella Romana is to your liking:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cappella-romana/id278526144
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011, 11:18:15 AM »

Rachmaninov - Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

2 - The Orthodox Divine Liturgy: Master, Bless!, Archangel Voices

3 - The Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant, Cappella Romana

4 - Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks from Russia


5 - Russian Sacred Music. O Holy Russ, Keep Thou the Orthodox Faith, The choir of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Epiphany

6 - Russian Sacred Choral Masterpieces, The Russian Orthodox Cathedral Choir Of Paris

7 - Russian Orthodox Church Music for Lent and Holy Easter (Orthodox Passover), St. Peter St. Paul Cathedral Choir of Minsk

8 - Russian Choral Church Music,St. Petersburg Orthodox Choir

9 - Resurrection! Orthodox Chants And Hymns Of Holy Pascha, Archangel Voices

10 - Orthodox Sacred Chants For Soloist And Male Choir,Irina Arkhipova / "Orthodox Singers" Choir, Choirmaster: Georgy Smirnov

11- Chants From Orthodox Vespers & Liturgy, Ascention Church Choir (Maloe), Moscow, F. Stroganov & S. Serafimovich

12 -Ancient Psalms of the Orthodox Church, Chamber Choir Lege Artis

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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2011, 12:05:35 PM »

Any of the CDs from the St. Vladimir's Seminary Choir for Russian chant in English.

For Byzantine chant in English, the Boston Byzantine choir (stuff you'd likely hear in an Antiochian parish).
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2011, 12:55:15 PM »

1.  One of my favorites is Roman Hurko - Ukrainian and Church Slavonic - http://www.romanhurko.com/
LOVE THEM! LOVE THEM! LOVE THEM!!!
The Vydubychi Church Choir is the first choir in Ukraine, to sing in Ukrainian!  Double points!

2. Sacred Treasures I, II and III:  Russian Chant in Church Slavonic.  Very soothing and soft - http://www.liturgica.com/cart/musicInfo.jsp?catNo=AJ048

3.  Chants from Valaam - also in Church Slavonic - very crisp, clean and moving.  http://www.liturgica.com/cart/musicInfo.jsp?catNo=AJ035

4.  The live recording I made of the Divine Liturgy during the closing of the UOCofUSA Sobor last year.  I've listened to it a gazillion times!

5....and this is my hands down favorite hymn/composition.  It comes on one of the Roman Hurko's CD's.  http://www.musicarussica.com/multimedia/clips/k50_trk04.mp3 (This is only a short snippet...it get's better and better towards the end.)  You can download just that one song from Roman Hurko for 0.99 cents - http://www.romanhurko.com/productDetails.cfm?CDID=1#player
I first heard this on Holy Pentecost driving alone in my car...on the generic Classic Music Station....I turned up the volume as high as it would go, as I immediately recognized it as an "Orthodox" tune....it had me close to tears by the time it finished.  The announcer came back on when it finished...after a long pause...and said "listening to that tune, I almost forgot to breath."  It was true.


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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2011, 06:45:27 PM »

Fr. Apostolos Hill's CDs are excellent. I think you can get them from musicarussica.com. There are three of them, so maybe you want to wait until Christmas.  Wink All I can say is the harmonies are amazing. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2011, 06:53:05 PM »

I would make the following recommendations:

Get the catalog of the Russian Patriarchate Choir. Most of it is out of print but you can get the torrent here: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4255760/Russian_Patriarchate_Choir They do amazing recordings of Znamenny. Their albums Suprasl and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul are my favorites.

Get Divna's CD Lumieres du Chant Byzantine if you don't have it already.

My absolute favorite Byzantine chant CD is Mihalis Makris' Christmas album which Holy Transfiguration Monastery sells. A sample here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDwCsQjL28g&feature=related

A great Georgian album is here: http://www.amazon.com/Georgian-Chants-Chanters-Group/dp/B004KZQAJQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1316559066&sr=1-1

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011, 06:55:47 PM »

Fr. Apostolos Hill's CDs are excellent. I think you can get them from musicarussica.com. There are three of them, so maybe you want to wait until Christmas.  Wink All I can say is the harmonies are amazing.  

I second that.
You might also want to get a copy of

With the Voice of an Archangel produced under the direction of Vladimir Morosan, copyright 2003.

It is excellent. I used one of the songs for a production of Dante's Divine Comedy in one of my Western Civ classes back in 2004.

The students, of different faiths with not a few atheists and agnostics, were awestruck.
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2011, 07:36:27 PM »

Agreed on the recs of Fr. Apostolos Hill and With the Voice of the Archangel, actually any of the Archangel Voices CDs. But I was typing on my phone, so I had to keep it short. Grin

One of the first Orthodox CDs I owned is "Attend, O Heaven: Orthodox Hymns of the Great Lent and Pascha" by the choir of St. Seraphim Church (OCA) in Santa Rosa, CA. Blew me away! And if you're in an OCA parish, it will help you to learn how to sing "The Angel Cried" and "Let God Arise" (the Paschal verses). Has lots of hymns I've not seen others record, at least not on English-language CDs. "By the Waters of Babylon" just stops you in your tracks. I consider this to be the best Lenten CD I've ever heard.

http://anaphorapress.com/music/music/attend-oh-haven/
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 07:37:33 PM »

Fr. Apostolos sounds like a pop singer to me. I like his material, I even like his voice, but something about his delivery is off.

For English Byzantine chant, Cappella Romana's Divine Liturgy can't be beat.
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 07:47:43 PM »

Fr. Apostolos sounds like a pop singer to me. I like his material, I even like his voice, but something about his delivery is off.

For English Byzantine chant, Cappella Romana's Divine Liturgy can't be beat.

Capella Romana's CD "Lay Aside All Earthly Cares," consisting solely of Fr. Sergei Glagolev's settings of hymns is wonderful.
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With the Voice of an Archangel produced under the direction of Vladimir Morosan, copyright 2003.

It is excellent. I used one of the songs for a production of Dante's Divine Comedy in one of my Western Civ classes back in 2004.

The students, of different faiths with not a few atheists and agnostics, were awestruck.

I love this CD and know it well. Which track did you use? I'm curious.
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011, 08:00:41 PM »

The Divine Liturgy recording by the Mount Lebanon Choir has some fantastic singing. If you can hear the Epistle and chills don't go down your spine, something's wrong.  angel
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011, 08:00:52 PM »

Thank you all for this.

I just can't listen to music anymore except the same eight songs.

I find most of the Russian big names writing liturgical music large too much.

Please keep posting links of stuff to sample.
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2011, 10:13:28 PM »

One of the first Orthodox CDs I owned is "Attend, O Heaven: Orthodox Hymns of the Great Lent and Pascha" by the choir of St. Seraphim Church (OCA) in Santa Rosa, CA. Blew me away! And if you're in an OCA parish, it will help you to learn how to sing "The Angel Cried" and "Let God Arise" (the Paschal verses). Has lots of hymns I've not seen others record, at least not on English-language CDs. "By the Waters of Babylon" just stops you in your tracks. I consider this to be the best Lenten CD I've ever heard.

http://anaphorapress.com/music/music/attend-oh-haven/

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I miss the good people of St. Seraphim...it was the local OCA parish (about 15 minutes from home) before I moved to New Mexico about 2 months ago. I heartily recommend this CD. It's heavenly. If memory serves, they've done another one; I can't remember what it's called, but I vaguely remember seeing it for sale at the last one of their Glendi festivals I attended before moving (which I highly recommend attending, if you're ever in area; eat Greek, Levantine, and Ethiopian food, do some Greek folk dancing, and then head up the road a ways to see the historic Russian settlement of Fort Ross...  Smiley)

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Something related to the topic, you say? Fine, fine. Since others have covered pretty well the Slavic and related chant, why not try some Arabic? One of my absolute favorites is the dear departed Metropolitan of Tripoli, Lebanon, Elias Korban (Qurban, if you're a stickler for transliteration), who did at least one amazing album of Byzantine chant in 1977 (it's just called "Divine Byzantine Chant", I think). I don't know if it's been reissued on CD or what, but copies of it show up on E-bay fairly regularly for $8-$12, if you have the appropriate equipment to play LPs. Check it out:

Enna el-Baraya

Byzantine Arabic chant on CD is taken care of pretty well by the Choir of Balamand Monastery (Lebanon), who have several CDs out (I have the one for the feast of St. John Damascene; it's great!), or the School of Ecclesiastical Music of Mt. Lebanon (particularly their later CDs).

And while it's not part of the Eastern Orthodox tradition that you're probably looking for, I would be negligent in posting music recommendations without at least linking to the incredibly powerful voice of my favorite Coptic Orthodox "mo'alim", the one and only Gad Lewis:

Shere Ne Maria (A Coptic hymn praising St. Mary, St. Rafael, St. Mark, etc.)

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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2011, 10:16:44 PM »

Here's a link with some Carpatho Russian (Orthodox) plain chant. Just click the "Listen On-line" links, which will take you to new pages. On those pages click on the links that say "Download MP3 Files/Subscribe to the Podcast In A Reader," which will take you to yet other pages. And finally once you get to those pages, right-click and save the mp3s to wherever you want on your hard drive using "save target as".

Then just burn to CD or mp3 player...
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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2011, 10:18:52 PM »


BTW this album is available from the iTunes store also.

Another good Georgian album available there is by the Georgian Harmony Choir: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-georgian-harmony-choir/id296525778

Probably the best single place to get Orthodox music downloads though is liturgicamusic.com
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2011, 01:42:36 PM »

Byzantine Arabic chant on CD is taken care of pretty well by the Choir of Balamand Monastery (Lebanon), who have several CDs out (I have the one for the feast of St. John Damascene; it's great!), or the School of Ecclesiastical Music of Mt. Lebanon (particularly their later CDs).

Their Christmas album is great. Here's a song from it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngPPjzFD7m8&feature=related
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« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2011, 10:01:04 PM »

The modern Russian big choir style with Western-ish sound took a while to grow on me, but it did. Some of the best stuff I've heard in this vein is from the St. John of San Francisco Men's Chorale. They have two albums as far as I know, available here:

http://www.liturgicamusic.com/store/process.php?pname=ShowAlbumDetailsProcess-Start&CategoryID=6&AlbumID=52

http://www.liturgicamusic.com/store/process.php?pname=ShowAlbumDetailsProcess-Start&CategoryID=6&AlbumID=54
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« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2011, 10:23:35 PM »

Byzantine Arabic chant on CD is taken care of pretty well by the Choir of Balamand Monastery (Lebanon), who have several CDs out (I have the one for the feast of St. John Damascene; it's great!), or the School of Ecclesiastical Music of Mt. Lebanon (particularly their later CDs).

Their Christmas album is great. Here's a song from it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngPPjzFD7m8&feature=related
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« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2011, 10:41:01 PM »

Not sure if these have already been put down, but these are the albums that I have on my iPod so far:

Ancient Psalms of the Orthodox Church

The Glory of Byzantium

Chants From the Holyland

Basso Profundo From Old Russia

Orthodox Chants from Bulgaria

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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2011, 03:55:53 PM »

Here's a link with some Carpatho Russian (Orthodox) plain chant. Just click the "Listen On-line" links, which will take you to new pages. On those pages click on the links that say "Download MP3 Files/Subscribe to the Podcast In A Reader," which will take you to yet other pages. And finally once you get to those pages, right-click and save the mp3s to wherever you want on your hard drive using "save target as".

Then just burn to CD or mp3 player...

Really enjoying this.

Also, does anyone use Spotify to find this stuff?  Anyone found anything good on there?  There are a couple of Cappella Roman albums, but not the most recent one of the Divine Liturgy...
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« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2011, 10:14:02 PM »

Anything by the monks of Simonaspetra is gold.  Other good groups are the school of Ecclesiastical Music, Mt. Lebanon Choir (I've heard that they and the school of Ecclesisastical music are one and the same but I'm not sure), Capella Romana, Romeiko ensemble. 
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