Orthodox Music Thread

Haven't seen one in this sub. Decided to share great pieces and chants from the Orthodox Church. It is also fitting because Western and Eastern Christmas are just around the corner.

Утверди, Боже (Strengthen [me], God)


Megaloschemos II


Ο Θεός ήλθοσαν έθνη (God came to [the] nations)


Agni Paterne (female voice)


С Богом, братья мои.
 
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St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir. Good way to learn a few psalms, and the monastery is beautiful if you ever get the chance to visit.

Didn't think that English fits as a choral language. I'm impressed. It really comes down to you make of the language, doesn't it? When I heard the first hymn this one came to mind:

 
Catholic here, but really like orthodox chants.
While on a walking pilgrimage to Jerusalem, I went through Serbia and was welcome in a traditionalist monastery just south of Belgrade.
It was my first real contact with Orthodoxy. I attended their offices and there was two words that I kept hearing : "gospodi pomiluj".
Back in France and touched by the beauty and purity of the chants that I have heard in Serbia and also in Mount Athos in Greece, I search for orthodox chants to listen to. I typed those two words "gospodi pomiluj" that I kept on hearing in their chants and that I remembered.

That's how I discovered this chant :


And then Divna Ljubojevic that has beautiful chants:




I also came across this one chant by a blind monk that is really beautiful :

 

budoslavic

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Plot’iyu usnuv (Having Fallen Asleep in the Flesh). This is a hymn of the Resurrection, sung during the Easter Vigil. This setting is by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936), composer, conductor and professor (later director) of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Dating from 1935, it is based on a melody from the Greek chant and uses open fifths and melismas to create a remarkable archaic sound. It is one of two liturgical compositions commissioned from Glazunov by the new church dedicated in 1925 to St. Sergius in Paris.

Bruce Lieberman, Conductor. Recorded in Woolsey Hall at Yale University, March 1970.


 

Pecadora

Chicken
Haven't seen one in this sub. Decided to share great pieces and chants from the Orthodox Church. It is also fitting because Western and Eastern Christmas are just around the corner.

Утверди, Боже (Strengthen [me], God)


Megaloschemos II


Ο Θεός ήλθοσαν έθνη (God came to [the] nations)


Agni Paterne (female voice)


С Богом, братья мои.
That whole (great) Megaloschemos album is on YouTube and of course you picked the best one to highlight :) God bless
 

budoslavic

Owl
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Video description
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The Athos of the North​

The Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. Precentor Hierodeacon German (Ryabtsev).

The Valaam Monastery has been called "The Athos of the North" even in the ancient times. Like the Holy Mount Athos it has become a "monastic country", where old liturgical rubrics and old traditions of church singing are being revived.

You will hear hymns of mostly Byzantine and Znamenny chants, different in structure and style of performance, but similar in their strictness. Even in the festive Paschal stanzas the joy is hidden under an outer austerity and asceticism.

The hymns recorded on the album give the listener a vivid impression of the peculiar style of monastic singing, which is distinctive by its simplicity and ingenuity and at the same time is cordial and sincere.
  1. Ringing of church bells / Agni Parthene (St.Nectarius of Aegina) 0:00
  2. Lord, I have cried unto Thee… (tone one *) 07:26
  3. Dogmatic (tone one *) 09:27
  4. O victorious leader of triumphant hosts (tone eight *) 12:43
  5. Troparion for the Eve of the Nativity of Christ (tone four ***) 14:04
  6. Onwards, Angelic Powers (tone six ****) 15:17
  7. Stanza of the Ninth Hour for the Eve of the Nativity of Christ (tone six **) 16:46
  8. The Great Doxology (tone three *) 21:40
  9. A mercy of peace… (melody of St.Eliajah Skete, Mount Athos) 27:06
  10. It is meet… (tone five *) 33:07
  11. Kontakion of the Great Canon of St.Andrew of Crete (tone six *) 35:18
  12. Helper and Protector (tone six **) 37:41
  13. Behold, the Bridegroom comes… (tone eight **) 39:34
  14. Open Thy fatherly embrace… (melody of the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St.Sergius) 41:59
  15. God is with us (tone eight **) 44:38
  16. Stanza for the Litia to Ss Sergius and Herman of Valaam (tone three **) 49:30
  17. O Heavenly King (tone six **) 52:03
  18. Let all mortal flesh keep silence ** 54:06
  19. Paschal stanzas (tone five *) / Festal bell-ringing 01:03:37
* Byzantine chant
** Znamenny chant
*** Greek chant
**** Kievan chant
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