This is a correction to the review with the same title that I submitted earlier this evening.
The phrase I used in the first review to describe the work of the Divine Liturgy should have read as follows: "to take me apart and put me back together the way that I was meant to be." I had the gist of it in the comment I wrote about turning me inside out, etc. but the more precise paraphrase of what I read many years ago in a book by a monk on Mt. Athos is really more to the point. I no longer have the book and unfortunately do not remember the title, but I do remember feeling that it was an apt description of the experience of the Divine Liturgy, as best as one can describe it anyway given its many facets and the limits of our understanding and ability to put these things into words.
Thank you for correcting the review. I cherish this CD. May God bless you in your work. You touch the lives of so many. Liz
All the various types of Orthodox liturgical music are wonderment to my ears and balm to my heart. And they encourage me into deeper and deeper worship of God so that the Divine Liturgy can do its work, turning me inside out and leaving me the way I was meant to be. I must say, though, that the chanting of these Georgian melodies does this work in a special way. It opens my heart and helps release my yearning for God from the shackles that I have placed on it. When my yearning is freed, I can better hear that small, still voice. This is not emotion talking; it is contentment.
This CD is gorgeous. I didn’t quite know what to expect when buying this album, but all aspects of the recording are amazing…the production, the arrangements, the singers’ voices, and Nana Peradze’s direction. All of these pieces are written for a 3-part ensemble which adds a refreshing and open sound to the music. Especially unique is the Kontakion of St. Nino with its unusual sonorities and harmonic progression. Can’t recommend this album highly enough.
From the same label that brought you Divna, the Serbian liturgical singer, comes this beautiful CD of Georgian sacred polyphony performed by the mixed-voiced Georgian Harmony Choir. There is something extremely captivating and accessible about this CD, perhaps having to do with the clarity and purity of the voices and the elegance with which they sing the traditional sacred melodies of Georgia. Although presented here in a non-liturgical context, taken from a variety of feasts and services, the musical selections nevertheless recreate the thoroughly unique and hauntingly beautiful soundscape of Georgian sacred music. A highly recommeded, very enjoyable listening experience!--V. M.