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St. Vladimir's Seminary Octet O Champion Leader
Artist: St. Vladimir's Seminary Octet
Item number: AJ019
Category: Russian
Chant Type: Russian
Language: English
Label: SVS Press
Period: Contemporary
Length: 48'24
Release date: 1995
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  1. Come, Let Us Worship MP3  
  2. Bless the Lord MP3  
  3. Great Litany  
  4. Blessed is the Man  
  5. Dogmatikon  
  6. Gladsome Light  
  7. Prokeimenon  
  8. Prayer of St. Symeon MP3  
  9. Augmented Litany  
  10. Magnification  
  11. Trisagion Hymn  
  12. Troparion to St. Vladimir  
  13. Alleluia and Hymn of Light  
  14. Have Mercy on Us  
  15. Kanon of St. Andrew of Crete MP3  
  16. O Taste and See  
  17. O Champion Leader  
  18. Antiphon XVI  
  19. Joseph Together with Nicodemus  
  20. Cherubic Hymn  
  21. The Angel Cried  
Starting in the summer of 1962, eight seminarians from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary have traveled North America bringing to parishes the music of the seminary and the church's tradition. This recording is of the 1995 Octet. It consists of sections of the liturgy and antiphons, in a range of styles with chant (Byzantine, Znammeny, Valaam, Greek) in a variety of arrangements by 20th century masters as well as the community at St. Vladimir's and the Orthodox Church in America. All tracks are in English. Though there are no texts, the singing is exceedingly clear, and makes texts unnecessary.
ReviewBy: Peter Schwalbenberg
This is a very winning recording. The youth and enthusiasm of the singers and of the contemporary arrangers creates a very pleasing effect on the listener. When one recalls that these are eight people that happen to be at the seminary at the same time, the quality of the recording is a testament to the level of education and culture at the institution. The sound is perfectly adequate to the performance, and the diction is first-rate. The variety of settings and performance is good. This makes an excellent introduction to the key texts of the Liturgy, and to the common antiphons it contains.
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