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Matins for Holy Friday (The Burial of Christ)

Various Composers

Choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London
Archpriest Michael Fortounatto
63:28
IKON Records
B037
2002
CD Price: $19.98

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The appeal of this classic CD (and its companion disc, B036) 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 Archpriest Pyotr Turchaninov Initial Blessing, Troparion Noble Joseph 4:10
2 S. Zaitsev The Praises (Stases) 12:24
3 Alexander Kastalsky Blessed art Thou, O Lord... (Evlogitaria) 3:10
4 Nikolai Bakhmetev The Canon 13:20
5 Traditional Most Blessed art Thou, O Virgin... 1:06
6 Archimandrite Feofan Aleksandrov Great Doxology 7:08
7 Traditional Wisdom. Let Us Give Heed. 0:20
8 Archpriest Pyotr Turchaninov Noble Joseph 4:02
9 Traditional Prokekimenon & Old Testament Reading 7:58
10 Bulgarian Chant Alleluia with Verses 1:09
11 Traditional Gospel Reading 2:25
12 Traditional Final Blessing 2:35
13 Bulgarian Chant Come and Let Us Bless Joseph 4:13

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