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Martynov ~ The Beatitudes     OMP-CMR011E    satb(div) sss soli    $2.40
Vladimir Martynov (b. 1946) is a Moscow composer who began with post-modernist avant garde and experimental music and later shifted his attention to the chant of the Russian Orthodox Church. His magical setting of the Beatitudes is simplicity itself: two soprano soloists (later joined by a third, singing a descant) alternately sing the words from the Sermon on the Mount to a folk-like pentatonic melody over a timeless ostinato of barely shifting chords hummed by the chorus. Only in the last verse is the music (along with the listeners’ attention) given a new direction—heavenward. The coda, repeated ad libitum, leaves the hearer transfixed and transformed at having experienced something timeless, eternal, and definitely not of this world.
Also available with the original Slavonic text in Cyrillic and phonetics, cat. No. CMR011.

Chesnokov ~ My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord    OMP-Cn223E    satb(div) s solo    $2.40
Chesnokov composed this opulent, Romantic setting of the Magnificat for the famous Russian soprano Antonina Nezhdanova (1873–1950), the leading soprano of the Bolshoi Opera during the first half of the 20th century, to whom Rachmaninoff dedicated his well-known “Vocalise.” The soloist sings the words of the Virgin Mary in sweeping lyric lines over a sumptuous choral accompaniment. Suitable for Christmas and general use.  
Also available with the original Slavonic text in Cyrillic and phonetics, cat. No. Cn223.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)
 
Chesnokov ~ O Most Holy Theotokos    OMP-Cn251E    satb(div) b solo    $1.85
Chesnokov incorporates a traditional Russian Orthodox call-and-response melody in this opening piece of his Marian cycle, To the Most Holy Sovereign Lady, opus 43. The text, from the Orthodox Intercessory Prayer Service, appeals to the Virgin Mary, called “Theotokos” (“Bearer of God”) in the Orthodox Church, for her prayerful intercession. The composer packs a powerful emotional impact into this urgent appeal, as the vocal lines build, and the textures expand then contract back to unison. Colorful, dramatic choral writing! Suitable as a general Marian anthem.
Also available with the original Slavonic text in Cyrillic and phonetics, cat. No. Cn251.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Chesnokov ~ O Victorious Leader    OMP-Cn267E    satb                   $1.85
The concluding piece from Chesnokov’s All-Night Vigil, opus 44, this lyric chant-based hymn to the Virgin is simple in texture and subtle in expression. The text is drawn from the Orthodox Akathist Hymn, an ancient Christian poem  in which Mary is hailed as the “Unwedded Bride of God” as well as a defender in times of war and strife. Suitable as a general Marian anthem.
Also available with the original Slavonic text in Cyrillic and phonetics, cat. No. Cn267.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Johann von Gardner ~ From the Rising of the Sun    OMP-Ga-FTR    satb (div)    $1.25
This short, brilliant introit hymn is sung in the Orthodox Church to greet the bishop when he enters the church. The text, from Psalm 112 [113], makes this setting useable in many contexts and occasions. Russian composer and musicologist Johann von Gardner (1898–1984) writes in a rich choral style reminiscent of the Russian Moscow Synodal School.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Master, Bless: The Orthodox Divine Liturgy.)

Alexander Kastalsky ~ Open Unto Us the Doors of Compassion    OMP-Ks004E    satb (div)    $1.85
Very soon after the publication of his early chant arrangements in the late 1890s, Kastalsky was hailed by colleagues and critics as the inaugurator of a new style in Russian sacred choral music. In this gentle, lyrical prayer of entreaty to the Virgin Mary, the composer pioneers the technique of composing new melodies out of the formulaic melodic kernels of znamenny chant. Kastalsky also shows himself to be a master of choral color, varying sonorities and textures in a manner that would later be taken up and expanded upon by Rachmaninoff and other Russian composers of the early 20th century. Suitable as a general general Marian anthem.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Alexander Nikolsky ~ The Angel Cried Out    OMP-Ni083E    satb (div)    $1.85
Alexander Nikolsky (1873–1943) was a prominent member of the Moscow Synodal School faculty, who, like Chesnokov, went on to teach choral music at the Moscow Conservatory. His choral writing is vivid, harmonically colorful, and imbued with an energy  derived from the spirit of Russian folksong, quite appropriate for this joyful Paschal text. The chant melody used in this piece figures prominently as a lyric theme in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture. Drawn from the Orthodox Paschal Liturgy, this piece is suitable for use throughout Eastertide.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Nicholas Reeves ~ Lord, Now Lettest (St. Symeon’s Prayer)    OMP-Re001    satb (div)    $1.85
New York-based Orthodox composer Nicholas Reeves (b. 1981) gives an epic sweep to the words of the “Nunc dimittis” New-Testament Canticle (St. Luke 2:29-32). Flowing chant-like lines set the stage for waves of the “Light” that comes to enlighten the Gentiles. Though clearly a modern-day work in terms of harmony and counterpoint, Reeves’ setting maintains a connection with the sense of awe and mystery that characterizes Eastern Orthodox liturgical music and reflects a  traditional embodiment of otherworldly beauty. Suitable for Christmas and general anthem use.

Kurt Sander ~ All of Creation Rejoices in Thee    OMP-Sa001    satb (div)    $1.85
Kurt Sander (b. 1969) is a Midwest-based composer of works in a variety of genres, whose conversion to the Orthodox faith has led him to compose many works based on Eastern Orthodox liturgical texts. A number of these pieces are featured on the CD As Far as the East Is from the West, by the East/West Festival Chorale, Peter Jermihov, cond. (Musica Russica cat. No. I-101). Sander’s writing incorporates some of the finest sonorous traditions of Russian choral composers, from the Moscow-School masters to Sviridov, yet it is unmistakably contemporary. His setting of the Hymn to the Theotokos from the Liturgy of St. Basil combines moments of intimate lyric tenderness with passages of mighty grandeur, as befits this rich and profound text. Suitable for Christmas and general anthem use.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Kurt Sander ~ Virgin Theotokos, Rejoice    OMP-Sa002    satb (div)    $1.85
In this setting of the traditional Orthodox version of the Ave Maria Kurt Sander invents an expressive and subtle chant-like melody rooted in znamenny  chant formulas and creates three choral variations, each with a richer and fuller texture than the preceding one. The composer’s creative yet traditional approach demonstrates the “timelessness” that is characteristic of the best examples of true liturgical art, regardless of the era in which it is created. Suitable for Christmas and general anthem use.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)

Richard Toensing ~ Bless the Lord, O My Soul    OMP-To-BTL    satb and congr.    $2.40
A prolific composer of music in many genres, Richard Toensing (b. 1940) converted to the Orthodox faith in 1997, and has since devoted his energies to composing works on Orthodox liturgical texts. This setting of the “Psalm of Creation” (Ps. 103 [104]), the Introductory Psalm of Orthodox Vespers, is inspired by the practice of antiphonal singing, which, tradition tells us, goes all the way back to St. Ignatius of Antioch in the first century A.D.  In the present instance, however,  the “antiphony” is between choir and congregation, rather than between two choirs. The serene and joyful character of the setting makes it particularly appropriate for festive celebrations of Vespers, as well as general anthem use.

Nazo Zakkak ~ Today Is the Beginning of Our Salvation     OMP-Za001    satb    $1.25
San Diego-based Orthodox composer Nazo Zakkak (b. 1987) is a composer and pianist whose background includes work in the fields of improvisation, minimalism, jazz, ambient music and experimental music. Having been introduced to the spiritual music of the Russian Orthodox Church, he shifted his focus to composing Orthodox liturgical music. The present work, a setting of the Orthodox Troparion for the Feast of the Annunciation, demonstrates the composer’s ability to use economical means (accessible even to a parish choir of modest capabilities) to eloquently express the aura of both mystery and grandeur contained in this festive text. Suitable for Christmas and Annunciation.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)
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Table of Contents

No. Composer Title View PDF Listen
1 Vladimir Martynov Beatitudes (English) Pdf_small
2 Pavel Chesnokov My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord Pdf_small
3 Pavel Chesnokov Most Holy Mother of God, Save Us Pdf_small
4 Pavel Chesnokov O Victorious Leader Pdf_small
5 Johann Von Gardner From the Rising of the Sun Pdf_small
6 Alexander Kastalsky Open Unto Us the Doors of Compassion Pdf_small
7 Alexander Nikolsky The Angel Cried Out Pdf_small
8 Nicholas Reeves Lord, Now Lettest (St. Symeon's Prayer) Pdf_small
9 Kurt Sander All of Creation Rejoices Pdf_small
10 Kurt Sander Virgin Theotokos, Rejoice Pdf_small
11 Richard Toensing Bless the Lord, O My Soul Pdf_small
12 Nazo Zakkak Today Is the Beginning Pdf_small

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