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Vespers of Good Friday

Various Composers

Choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London
Archpriest Michael Fortounatto
59:40
IKON Records
B036
2002
CD Price: $19.98

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The appeal of this classic recording (and its companion disc, B037) lies in the fact that it is a recording (somewhat abridged) of an actual service, and thus comes very close to capturing the "atmosphere" and "ethos" of this unique Orthodox Holy Week service. The London Cathedral Choir, under the capable hand of Fr. Michael Fortounatto, sings (in Church Slavonic) musically, tunefully, and with restraint. This makes them a fine model, worthy of emulation by Orthodox church choirs of all sizes and capabilities. There is a well-written explanation of the service (E only), but no text translations are included.--V. M.

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TRACK LISTING

No. Composer Title Sheet Music Time Buy
1 Traditional Initial Blessing & Great Litany 5:25
2 Alexander Kastalsky Lord, I Have Cried 5:37
3 Alexander Kastalsky O Gentle Light 3
4 Alexander Kastalsky Prokeimenon & Scripture Reading 9:57
5 Traditional Litany of Supplication 4:13
6 Archpriest Pyotr Turchaninov Thee, Who dost Clothe Thyself with Light... 9:48
7 Archpriest Pyotr Turchaninov Troparion ' Noble Joseph 3:59
8 Traditional Final Blessing 2:29
9 Alexander Kastalsky The Lament of the Mother of God 10:44
10 Dmitry Bortniansky Come and Let Us Bless Joseph 4:23

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