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Chamber Choir Lege Artis Selections from Medieval Vocal Art: We Glorify You With Love
Artist: Chamber Choir Lege Artis
Item number: AJ071
Category: Russian
Chant Type: Russian
Language: Church Slavonic
Label: Northern Flowers
Period: Medieval
Length: 61'42
Release date: 2005
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Track Listing
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  1. A Great and Marvelous Wonder MP3  
  2. All Creation Rejoices in Thee, Thou That Full of Grace MP3  
  3. The Three-Lamped Light MP3  
  4. Shine, Shine, O New Jerusalem  
  5. Adorn Thy Bridal Chamber, O Zion  
  6. This is the Day of The Lord; Rejoice, Ye People MP3  
  7. Gabriel Announces the Good Tidings  
  8. The Angel Cried Out to Thee Who is Full of Grace  
  9. With All Peoples Let Us Honor and Glorify  
  10. It Is Meet MP3  
  11. We Bless Thee, Virgin Birthgiver of God  
  12. Standing Today at the Cross  
  13. Thy Nativity, O Virgin Birthgiver of God  
  14. To Rest in the Arms of the Elder  
  15. Beholding Thee Hanging Upon the Cross  
  16. Weep Not For Me, O Mother  
  17. To Behold, O Virgin, The Resurrection of Thy Son  
  18. Today the Virgin Gives Birth to Him Who is Above all Being  
  19. The Angel Cried Out to Her Who is Full of Joy  
  20. Glorious Are Thy Mysteries, O Pure Lady  
  21. Magnify, O My Soul  
  22. Shine, Shine, O New Jerusalem  
  23. Today The Temple That it too Hold God  
This CD offers a remarkable "musical tour" through Russian history, particularly that turbulent period of the 17th century when age-old unison chant became embellished with polyphony -- focusing on hymns to the Theotokos, with the additions of seven contemporary compositions to the Virgin Mary by Dimitry Smirnov. At first, the polyphony was indigenously Russian "znamenny" and "demestvenny" polyphony -- truly a challenge to the Western ear! Then, after 1650, a new Western-style "partesny" polyphony, based on triadic harmony, came to Russia via Ukraine, and in a matter of a few decades supplanted the older Russian chants, both unison and polyphonic. Good liner notes and hymn text in Russian and English.
ReviewBy: Vladimir Morosan
Like its predecessor piece, the first part of this CD contains selections from Medieval Russian vocal art. In addition, there are the beautiful recordings of hymns to the Theotokos by Smirnov. "As interesting and varied as the history lesson is, it's the beautiful singing of the Lege Artis Choir that makes this music even more compelling."

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