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Monks of Simonopetra Monastery O Pure Virgin (Agni Partheni)
Artist: Monks of Simonopetra Monastery
Item number: AB017
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: Greek
Label: IMSP
Period: Contemporary
Length: 71'01
Release date: 1990
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  1. Agni Partheni (O Virgin Pure) MP3  
  2. O Give Thanks To The Lord MP3  
  3. Praise The Lord MP3  
  4. Terirem MP3  
  5. Doxa, Kenin  
  6. Great Doxology  
  7. I Will Bless The Lord At All Times  
  8. Sing To The Lord A New Song  
  9. I Will Confess Thee, O Lord  
  10. I Will Exalt Thee, My God  
  11. Simona Ton Megan  
Verses drawn from the Theotokarion of St. Nektarios of Aegina (d. 1920). Whilst he was Director of the Rizarios Theological School of Athens, St. Nektarios liked to compose hymns in honour of the Mother of God to nourish his personal prayer and that of his disciples. Inspired by liturgical hymnography, these works borrow their meter and versification from secular poetry. St. Nektarios set a melody which, while faithfully adhering to the riles of Byzantine chant, uses certain elements of popular musical tradition in both a creative and original manner.
ReviewBy: Fr. Apostolos Hill
A growing appreciation for the beauty and elegance of the hymn Agni Parthene has rapidly developed in this country in the last few years. Written by St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, this hymn to the Mother of God is lilting, poetic and emotively sophisticated. This is perhaps one of the most accessible points of entre into Byzantine music. (For a very good English version of this hymn, see First Fruits by the Boston Byzantine Choir.) One hearing is generally enough to set this tune in motion in the mind of the hearer, especially with its oft-repeated refrain Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride. The monks of Simonopetra restrain the power of their collective voices in this recording to portray an air of tenderness and supplication. Additional tracks include beautiful renderings of many other chants from the Psalter and a Megalynaria to St. Simon of Mt. Athos. If you had to pick one Simonopetra CD, this is the one I'd recommend!
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