Orthodox Chants / From Russia
Album: From Russia   Collection:Classical
Artist:Orthodox Chants   Added:Mar 2004
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-09-20 Pull Date: 2004-11-21 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Oct 3
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 30, 2018: 2018-21-30
Joyful Light, The Great Litany
2. Sep 30, 2004: Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
Blessed Is the Man

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-09-10
A capella Russian Orthodox music. solos are chanted (sung on one pitch, without a distinct rhythm relating to the chorus harmonic movement). all male—beautiful, deep and rich harmonies. I first encountered this style of singing from a choir operating out of one of the local Russian Orthodox churches in Pittsburgh; this is that done right. very peaceful. it makes me want to convert to Russian orthodox, or at least find a local parish with a good choir. I’d start with 1 or 3, but you really can’t go wrong.

1. gorgeous, beautiful sonorities and harmonies, slow and subtle. nice cadence at the end.
2. prominent chanted solo with interspersed velvet smooth chorus
3. slightly faster moving, nice harmonic movements and the part with solo over the chorus is really nice.
4. shorter song. faster moving
5. chorus-solo-chorus-solo structure.
6. some chant work done by the chorus, along with singing.
7. slow unveiling of some gorgeous harmonic movement
8. faster harmonic movement. shorter song
9. starts with a solo, with another solo in the middle. good chorus parts in between
10. solo-chorus-solo-chorus structure. chorus parts are chant-like.
11. nice counterpoint between a baritone and a tenor (counter-tenor?) with chorus backing
12. chorus (no-solo). good harmonic movement.

Track Listing
1. Psalm 104   7. Joyful Light
2. The Great Litany   8. Vouchsafe, O Lord
3. Blessed Is the Man   9. Stichera in the Litany
4. Lord, I Have Cried Unto Thee   10. Stichera in the Versicles
5. Stichera   11. Now Lettest Thou Depart
6. Glory, Stichera   12. Hail, O Virgin