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Three recordings of Byzantine chant in English, featuring Fr. Apostolos Hill, Dean of Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver, CO. These recordings are characterized by accessibility to the beauty and prayerfulness of traditional Byzantine chant.

 

Gates of Repentance: Hymns from Great Lent and Holy Week, by Fr. Apostolos Hill, is a recording of the principal hymns of the services of Great Lent and Holy Week in English. The hymn selection follows the structure of the Lenten Triodion and begins with the Lenten Hymns from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and each of the Sundays of Great Lent. Holy Week selections include the Bridegroom Service, Holy Thursday Passion Gospel Service and the Vespers of Great Friday.Learn more. . .

I am pleased to say that one more quality addition to Byzantine chant in English is now available to priests, chanters and the laity regarding the profound and inspirational words of the hymns of Great Lent and Holy Week. He has captured the understanding of the eight modal tones of Byzantine chant. The recording has both modern English, as well as the King James English wording. I wholeheartedly endorse this CD for those who wish to learn the beautiful chants in English.

Metropolitan Isaiah
Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver

Hymns of Paradise: Songs of Life and Hope, by Fr. Apostolos Hill, is a recording of the hymnology of the Eastern Orthodox funeral service conveying the theological underpinnings of the Christian hope in the Resurrection.This recording, the Orthodox version of a “Requiem Mass” is a first in English, and the musical form represents that common in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. Contents include the Funeral Service and the Trisagion Prayers. Learn more. .

"Hymns of Paradise" is an extremely welcome addition to the limited musical literature available in the area of Christian burial.As an auditory example of the funeral liturgy; as a textual resource for Christian education; as a masterful performance — this CD and its accompanying booklet are invaluable. Father Hill and those with him on the recording have given clergy and laity alike a gem of what Fr. Alexander Schmemann called the "bright sadness" of the passage from death to life.I am thankful that Liturgica.com has produced this work.

Archpriest George A. Gray
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Portland, OR

Cycles of Grace: Hymns from the Great Feast, by Fr. Apostolos Hill, is a 2-CD recording of the major hymns of the Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical year in English. This pioneering recording of the Festal hymn cycle offers a cross section of contemporary and traditional Byzantine chant arrangement, including the Feasts of: Nativity of the Theotokos, Elevation of the Cross, Entry of the Theotokos, Nativity, Theophany, Annunciation of the Theotokos, Pascha, Ascension, Pentecost, Transfiguration and the Dormition of the Theotokos. Learn more. .

The hymns on this recording represent the "most loved" hymns from these Feasts, ranging from the warm and deep nuance of the “Katavasias of the Holy Cross,” to the thrilling highs of “To Thee the Champion Leader.” Fr. Hill is able to convey the pathos of some hymns, the affection of others, the reverence and the pure joy of others still. The arrangements presented are typical of those found in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, yet the hymns are sung with commitment and affection that transcend jurisdictional and musical boundaries.

Benjamin D. Williams
Liturgica.com

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