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Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church Choir Lamentations of Holy and Great Saturday
 
Artist: Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church Choir
Item number: AB133
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: English
Label: Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church Choir
Period: Contemporary
Length: 74'10
Release date: 2011
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Track Listing
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  1. Stasis 1: Christ is crucified and laid in the tomb MP3  
  2. Stasis 2: The earth trembles in travail at the sacrifice of the Creator of life MP3  
  3. Stasis 3: In His death lies the hope of the Resurrection MP3  
Description    
This is a recording of the complete Matins service of the Lamentations of Holy and Great Saturday, using the translation by Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, MA, (our catalog number BE002),presented in the traditional Three Stases, here entitled: Christ is crucified and laid in the tomb; The earth trembles in travail at the sacrifice of the Creator of life; In His death lies the hope of the Resurrection. Thus the recording has only three tracks, one for each stases, characterized by the much-loved melodies that characterize each one. Liner notes in English, with out hymn text (much too long to publish in a CD booklet).
ReviewBy: Benjamin Williams
This is an extraordinary recording for two reasons. First, it is the only recording of the complete Lamentations sung during the Matins service of the Lamentations of Holy and Great Saturday, and it is in English to boot! What most people know of the service, even Eastern rite Christians who regularly attend all Holy Week services, is a few stanzas of each Stasis sung on Friday night of Holy Week. So, the melodies of each Stasis, which are beautiful and unique, are well known, but most of the content of the service is not. Second, this is a wonderful performance: it includes a very balanced ensemble of singers supporting a father/daughter duo: Fr. John Tomasi taking the role of Cantor, and his daughter Lydia Tomasi-Given singing soprano solo. The female soprano voice is superb, lending a wonderful counterpoint to the male cantor role, and resulting in a musical presentation that is simultaneously spiritual and meditative, as well as musically engaging and uplifting. The presentation captures the traditional Byzantine renditions of the stases' melodies, and presents the joyful sorrow that so characterizes the hymns and services of Holy Week. Whether you listen to it as a devotional, meditative or musical experience, it is superb and a worthy addition to any musical library. A meditative listening would do well to be accompanied by the entire text published by Holy Transfiguration Monastery.

   
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