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1. Communion Verse August 16
2. Heirmos of he Canon to the Theotokos
3. Psalm 66
4. Kontakion to the Mother of God-Tone 6
5. 6th Heirmos of Canon of Preparation to Communion
6. Troaprion to the Mother of God after 5th Kathisma
7. The Trisagion
8. Troparion for the Kazan Icon of Theotokos
9. The Lesser Doxology
10. O, Gladsome Light
11. Troparion of the 15th Kathisma, Tone 1
12. Troparion to the Nativity of the Theotokos
13. It is truly meet
14. 3rd Herimos, Canon to the Guardian Angel
15. Hymn from the Holy Anaphora
16. Let my prayer be set forth
17. Kontakion - Canon of St Andrew of Crete, Tone 6
18. Troparion to the Cross, tone 1
19. Troparion to the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross
20. Exapostilarion, Matins of the Great Friday
21. Kontakion of Great Friday, Tone 8
22. Exapostilarion of Pascha
23. Troaprion of Pascha
24. God grant you many years!
A recording of pieces performed at concerts of the Diakonia Choir, composed by the conductor, Sergei Riabchenko. The compositions are for the liturgy, vigil services and the feasts, with an emphasis on Great Lent. There are concert pieces with soloists, and compositions for church choirs. Limited liner notes; hymn text in Church Slavonic and English.
This CD is a response to repeated requests by concert audiences to have a recording of the pieces that they have heard at Diakonia Choir concerts over the last few years. The CD title is from the troparion of the feast of Christ the Saviour, the church where the composer and director, Sergei Riabchenko, has been choir director for 15 years. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in cello performance, Sergei studied composition with Mikhail Chulaki, a pupil of Shostakovich. In conducting and composing for the church choir, Sergei developed a keen sense of the liturgical texts and how to present them effectively. At the same time, he kept close personal contact with church music centers in Russia. The result is a traditional musical style powered by an active musical intelligence, that attracts and moves deeply those who hear his music. His conducting and compositions drew singers from the best resources for orthodox singing in Slavonic in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and they formed the Diakonia Choir for the express purpose of working with Sergei and his music. Their concerts have met with great success, combining, as they do, music straight from the source with the evident enthusiasm of the singers. Some pieces on this CD were composed for use by a church choir and have melodies that are easy to learn, remember and perform. Others are more concert style pieces. The spectrum of moods reflect the texts: from sombre and full of compunction for Great Lent, to bright and joyful for the feasts. The recording was made in the preferred venue for Diakonia concerts to provide the best sound quality, and conveys the feel a concert performance.
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