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Rejoice, Our Joy

Choir of Precentor School, Moscow Theological Academy
E. Baikova
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Beautiful, peaceful album by aphoticrequiem@yahoo.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 18:27

The singers on this CD have amazing voices. As always, the pieces by Dcn. Trubachov are gorgeous and the Chesnokov pieces (especially "To Thee Insurmountable Wall") stand out. The music ranges from the contrapuntal to simpler choral arrangements to unison chant. Beautiful voices, beautiful music.

The women’s choir of the Precentors’ School at the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Theological Academy offers a wonderful selection of hymns to the Mother of God, of which the Orthodox tradition has a seemingly endless multitude. The singing of the choir is well-disciplined and musical, alternately subtle and sparkling. Clearly, this is a fruitful vineyard in which serious practitioners of the sacred choral art--many of them destined to become priests’ wives and parish choir directors--are cultivated. The beautiful CD booklet, in Russian and English, contains information about the Precentors’ School and its history. This CD will be enjoyed by all who love the pure, ethereal sonority of women’s voices and by all who wish to experience the richness of the Russian Orthodox devotion to the Virgin Mary.--V.M.

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No. Composer Title Sheet Music Time Buy
1 Znamenny Chant Glory of the World 03:31
2 Voskresensky Monastery Melody Rejoice, O Virgin 01:34
3 Dmitry Bortniansky With the Voice of the Archangel 01:28
4 Kievan Monastery of the Caves (Kievo-Pechersk) Melody Neither the Tomb, Nor Death Could Hold the Mother 02:24
5 Deacon Sergiy Trubachov O Mother of God Thy Sweet Voice 02:31
6 Deacon Sergiy Trubachov O Our Most Holy Lady 01:49
7 Deacon Sergiy Trubachov When All-Blessed Andrew Beheld Theotocos in the Air 03:05
8 Russian "Greek" Chant Today the Faithful Celebrate the Fiest with Joy 02:29
9 Boris Ledkovsky We have No Other Help 03:55
10 Alexander Gretchaninoff It is Truly Fitting 02:02
11 Optina Monastery Melody O Marvel Glorious 01:15
12 Dmitry Bortniansky Unpassable Gates 01:41
13 Pavel Chesnokov Never, O Theotokos, Will We Cease to Speak Of Thy Powers 03:25
14 Aleksandr Kopylov O Mother Worthy of All Praise 02:44
15 Open unto Us the Doors of Thy Mercy 04:23
16 A. Kastorsky, arr. We Magnify Thee, the Most Holy Virgin 01:49
17 N. Danilin All Creation Rejoices in Thee, O Full of Grace 03:47
18 Pavel Chesnokov The Eternal Council 03:05
19 Pavel Chesnokov To Thee, Insurmountable Wall we Call 02:21
20 Kievan Monastery of the Caves (Kievo-Pechersk) Melody Chosen by Eternal King 02:30

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