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Mt. Lebanon Choir Divine Liturgy of the Holy Church of Antioch
Artist: Mt. Lebanon Choir
Item number: AB068
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: English
Label: Kelfar
Period: Contemporary
Length: 68'53
Release date: 2004
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  1. The Great Litany (fourth plagal tone) MP3  
  2. The First Antiphon (second tone) MP3  
  3. The Little Litany (fourth plagal tone) MP3  
  4. The Second Antiphon (second tone) MP3  
  5. The Little Litany (fourth plagal tone) MP3  
  6. The Third Antiphon & Little Entrance: Resurrection troparion (first tone) MP3  
  7. The Trisagion Hymn (second tone) MP3  
  8. The Epistle Reading with Alleluia (second tone) MP3  
  9. The Holy Gospel with Glory to Thee, O Lord... MP3  
  10. The Cherubic Hymn (first tone) MP3  
  11. The Litany of Supplication (first plagal tone) MP3  
  12. Father, Son and Holy Spirit... MP3  
  13. The Anaphora (first plagal tone) MP3  
  14. The Meghalinarion MP3  
  15. Among the first be mindful... MP3  
  16. The Litany Before the Lord MP3  
  17. Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord (fourth plagal tone) MP3  
  18. Hymns of Communion MP3  
  19. The Prayer behind the Ambon MP3  
  20. Blessed be the Name of the Lord MP3  
  21. The Dismissal MP3  
  22. Lord Have Mercy (fourth and first plagal tones) MP3  
A complete recording of the hymnology of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Byzantine chant, according to the usage of Antiochian Orthodox Church, and sung in English. Recorded at St. George Orthodox church, El-Jedediah, Lebanon in 2004. Includes liner notes with descriptions and informative material about the hymns in English, and complete hymn text and notation (in Byzantine notation) on an accompanying PDF file on the CD.
ReviewBy: Benjamin Williams
If you are interested in traditional Byzantine chant (especially from the Arab Orthodox Churches) and if you want Byzantine chant in English, you won't find a recording of the Divine Liturgy better than this! This recording represents years of work and includes all hymns of the liturgy sung to melodies common in the Arab (and especially Antiochian) Orthodox Churches, performed superbly, with delicacy and conviction. The quality of the recording is very good: clear as a bell, good sound quality and resonance. The acoustics of the church used for the recording are excellent -- alive but with out excessive reverberation -- and bring the recording to life. The counterplay of the chanting of the melody for each hymn with the underlying ison is wonderful, and some of the hymns recall the sound captured by Sr. Marie Keyrouz in her ground-breaking CD "Chant Byzantine." The addition of the PDF file of hymn text and Byzantine notation is a first in the recording of Orthodox chant. It points out that this project is equally a teaching tool as it is a performance for listening, but it delivers additional value of great interest. All in all, this is a "must have" for lovers of Byzantine chant. One of our customers sums it up: The Mount Lebanon Choir did an excellent job. We were pleased to hear them use Liturgical English and they captured the "ephos" of the chant of the Church very well. Congratulations!
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