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Byzantine Choir of Odigitria O Taste and See - Hymns From the Presanctified Liturgy
Artist: Byzantine Choir of Odigitria
Item number: AB084
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: English
Label: St Kyrillos the Great Productions
Period: Contemporary
Length: 77'31
Release date: 2006
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  1. Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian MP3  
  2. Introit and Psalm 103 MP3  
  3. Lord, I have Cried MP3  
  4. O Godly Apostles MP3  
  5. Keeping a Spiritual Fast MP3  
  6. At the Prayers of Thy Divine Apostles MP3  
  7. Now is the Accepted Time MP3  
  8. O Apostles of the Saviour MP3  
  9. As we Venerate Today the Cross MP3  
  10. My Soul MP3  
  11. In My Wretchedness MP3  
  12. The Light of Christ MP3  
  13. Old Testament Reading MP3  
  14. Let My Prayer be Set Forth MP3  
  15. Now the Powers of Heaven MP3  
  16. O Taste and See MP3  
  17. Thanksgiving and Dismissal MP3  
  18. Commentary on the Liturgy MP3  
This recording by the same Byzantine choir that recorded the Supplicatory Canon to St. Nektarios includes "the most beautiful selections of hymns and readings from the Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, all presented in English. That is to say, it offers what is arguably among the most spiritually important services of the period of Great Lent, beginning with the recitation of the Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian followed by Psalm 103. The recording is of high quality, with a ringing clarity. Liner notes include hymn text in English.
ReviewBy: Benjamin Williams
One senses while listening that the intent of this recording is to take you to the temple, to the place where the service is being offered. This is not a collection of Lenten hymns; rather a recording of perhaps the most sublime service of this penitential period of the church year. It is well done, conveying the feeling of penitence and reverence with impending joy. This comes across in "Keeping a Spiritual Fast" and "In my Wretchedness," wherein the chanting is both soft and sublime, sonorously presented in a manner that engages the listener and pulls them into the mood of the service. The interplay, for instance, between solo voice and chanters on "My Soul's Dignity" is superb and captures the emotion that good chanters put into their singing. While not a substitute for attending the service itself, this recording certainly accomplishes keeping the feeling alive during the subsequent days!
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