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Best chanting album
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:16:50 AM »
Whats your opinion on the best chanting works in English?  Choir or single.

Looking for something really spiritually "moving".

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2005, 02:02:29 AM »
Whats your opinion on the best chanting works in English?ÂÂ  Choir or single.

Looking for something really spiritually "moving".



Saint Vladimir's just came out with two new CD's that are excellent.  One is called 'Vigil' and the other 'Chants'.  I personally recommend both of them.  You can obtain them from the St Vlad's bookstore.  Log on to the bookstores website.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2005, 09:42:43 AM »
Thy Cross, we Adore by the Romeiko Ensemble is extremely Byzantine with full blown ison and its amazing. At then end of the CD, they chant "Thy Cross" Ton Stavron sou in english, greek ,romanian, arabic, french, slavic, and even Latin in Gregorian chanting. The rest of the CD is all traditionally Byzantine.

Another good one is Paraklesis to St. Nektarios by a monastic community(?) I think in the States. I'll provide the link a littlr bit later on today of where you can purchase it.

and of course the Eikona CD's are always good.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2005, 08:14:42 PM »
thanx guys.....and MAN have your ever heard this women chant!!!

Scroll down and hear the "sample"  called "Heavenly King".

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?p=byzantine+chanting+in+english&sm=Yahoo%21+Search&toggle=1&ei=UTF-8&u=www.ancienthymns.com/&w=byzantine+chanting+english&d=JJzSzGFULtz1&icp=1&.intl=us

I would like to find a solo male chanter with an equally clear in incredible voice.....and suggestions?

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2005, 10:03:48 PM »
thanx guys.....and MAN have your ever heard this women chant!!!

Scroll down and hear the "sample"  called "Heavenly King".

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?p=byzantine+chanting+in+english&sm=Yahoo%21+Search&toggle=1&ei=UTF-8&u=www.ancienthymns.com/&w=byzantine+chanting+english&d=JJzSzGFULtz1&icp=1&.intl=us

I would like to find a solo male chanter with an equally clear in incredible voice.....and suggestions?



She is impressive.  I did notice a few dipthongs and modern-like inflections, but she is probably one of the better voices in English singing Byzantine Chant out there.  We sing the (I think Troparion) "Today He Who Upon the Cross.." on Holy Thursday (and it appears at a few more places during the Holy Week service to this same tone.

Actually, I would say that I've several men chanters with excellent clear voices.  I think a voice such as her's in liturgical chant is actually rarer, as a) women tend to sound screechier when they get into their higher range and b) traditionally, women didn't sing in church (e.g. chant or choral) until <200 years ago.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2005, 10:25:29 PM »
"Fountain of Immortality" -Valaam Brotherhood choir

Absolutely incredible.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2005, 10:59:59 PM »
I think a voice such as her's in liturgical chant is actually rarer, as a) women tend to sound screechier when they get into their higher range and b) traditionally, women didn't sing in church (e.g. chant or choral) until <200 years ago.


Man, just because you're not used to hearing women with trained voices....Any chanter, male or female, with proper vocal technique will sound clear and never screechy. There are going to be arbitrary tone preferences, for sure (I like a warmer voice) but women are "tending to sound screechy" in your experience, then I'd venture to guess that they arent trained for church chanting or regular vocal use.:)

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2005, 11:44:49 PM »
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thanx guys.....and MAN have your ever heard this women chant!!!

Scroll down and hear the "sample"  called "Heavenly King".

Wow, that sounds awesome. I'll buy that one for sure. Anyone else with links to purchase good byzantine style cd's in english? I'm in the mood to go on a little spending spree... :D

Also, it's not byzantine but the "Sacred Treasures" series of cds sung in church slavonic is about the best I have heard. There are 3 cd's I believe to that series.
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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2005, 11:47:29 PM »

Man, just because you're not used to hearing women with trained voices....Any chanter, male or female, with proper vocal technique will sound clear and never screechy. There are going to be arbitrary tone preferences, for sure (I like a warmer voice) but women are "tending to sound screechy" in your experience, then I'd venture to guess that they arent trained for church chanting or regular vocal use.:)

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Defined "trained" then.  I mean in comparison to your average female church choir singer.


Re: "Fountain of Immortality" -Valaam Brotherhood choir

Hmmmm...if it's the same one I'm thinking of, while very listenable, their accents on their English are horrible.  Matter of fact, our current  choir director tried to teach them better and they wouldn't listen.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2005, 11:54:25 PM »
Wow, that sounds awesome. I'll buy that one for sure. Anyone else with links to purchase good byzantine style cd's in english? I'm in the mood to go on a little spending spree... :D

Also, it's not byzantine but the "Sacred Treasures" series of cds sung in church slavonic is about the best I have heard. There are 3 cd's I believe to that series.



Try to search for them...I am very interested. Slavonic is really a great language for chanting...very mystical indeed.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2005, 02:38:16 AM »
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Try to search for them...I am very interested. Slavonic is really a great language for chanting...very mystical indeed.


Yes, the more 'mystical' the better. Anyone else, Bueller, Bueller....?



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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2005, 09:24:58 AM »
http://www.liturgica.com/cart/search.jsp?hostname=null

Liturgica.com is a really good place to test the waters so to speak. You can listen to music samples of Byzantine, Russian, Gregorian, coptic, Syrian etc liturgical music and buy offline as well.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2005, 03:58:39 PM »
"Fountain of Immortality" -Valaam Brotherhood choir

Absolutely incredible.

I totally agree.  I bought this about 6 weeks ago and it instantly became my driving-to-church music.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2005, 04:27:14 PM »
I am getting the Valaam cd.


Any suggestions on a solo man artist in english?
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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2005, 05:10:43 PM »
I don't know if he has produces any CDs by Dr. Alexander Lingas is the best non-monastic chanter I've ever heard in person. 

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2005, 05:21:37 PM »
An awesome, awesome, awesome CD is Rachmaninov: The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Op.31.  Protodeacon Peter Scorer has a voice that resounds what I see as the "industry standard." 

Timos, interesting avatar.  Are you an Alexandrian-Greek?  Followers of Byzantine succession.

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Re: Best chanting album
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2005, 06:14:37 PM »
An awesome, awesome, awesome CD is Rachmaninov: The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Op.31.ÂÂ  Protodeacon Peter Scorer has a voice that resounds what I see as the "industry standard."ÂÂ  

Timos, interesting avatar.ÂÂ  Are you an Alexandrian-Greek?ÂÂ  Followers of Byzantine succession.

I think I've heard this before.  It sounded great, but from a practicalk standpoint should never be done since it is soooooooo sloooooooooow.