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Mount Lebanon Choir Byzantine Hymns of The Nativity
Artist: Mount Lebanon Choir
Item number: AB077
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: Arabic
Label: SEM-Kelfar Technologies
Period: Contemporary
Length: 55'40
Release date: 2002
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  1. Today The Virgin MP3  
  2. Come, Ye Believers; Who Wonderest Thou, O Mary MP3  
  3. Glory to God in the Highest MP3  
  4. Polyeleos of the Nativity  
  5. Come, Ye Believers MP3  
  6. Now Manifested  
  7. A Marvelous Wonder  
  8. Our Savior MP3  
  9. O House of Ephratha  
  10. The Father Hath Been Pleased and Satisfied  
  11. Thou Hast Shone Forth From the Virgin  
  12. The Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians  
  13. When the Lord Jesus Was Born  
  14. Magnify, O My Soul  
  15. When It Was Time For Thy Presence  
  16. The Great Doxology  
  17. Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God MP3  
Seventeen famous hymns of the Nativity, chanted by the world-renowned Mount Lebanon Choir. Includes 4-page insert in English. Chanted in Arabic with some Greek. Descriptive liner notes, no hymn text.
ReviewBy: Benjamin Williams
The first thing that strikes you is the large organic sound: this is a choir of massed voices singing Byzantine chant in Arabic, and they sing as one. Yet with that said, this large organic sound includes subtlety and the choir sings over a superb ison. The choir composition of adult male and female voices, as well as youth voices provides a unique blend in some hymns, and allows the youth?s voices to sing in a kind of counterpoint to the adult voices in others. Add to that a selection of soloists with terrific voices that match the choir very well, and you have a recording in the same quality range as Angelopoulos and the Greek Byzantine Choir. Overall this recording is superb and the choir is top notch. Even though this CD is a collection of festal hymns, the way it is performed with various choir voices, use of soloists as cantors and the singing of the Epistle make it feel very much like being present for a single service. It also includes some unique elements. The Polyeleos of the Nativity is rarely heard in a recording, and here it is exquisite. Marilyn Akkawi, the soloist on "Come, Ye Believers" (Track 5) is other-worldly, and on "Our Savior" is hauntingly beautiful. Her voice is on a level with Sr. Marie Keyrouz or Amina Alaoui. The antiphonal singing with the children's voices in "Now Manifested" (Track 6) is full of verve yet subtly nuanced. There are a small number of recordings where the singing is so good, the sound created so wonderful, that you don't need to know the language to enjoy it. This is one of them.
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