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An original CD presenting the rare opportunity to possess a recording of Armenian Liturgy. The Holy Apostolic Church of Armenia is one of the oldest churches in the Orient. The chants of three composers mainly are included in the service. Most frequently the liturgy of Ekmalian created in the last decade of the 19th century is used. The chants are beautifully harmonized for mixed choir performance, some of them with a soloist. The release includes twelve church chants, where the widely sung-out jubilation parts in expression of man's homage to God and Jesus Christ alternate with melodic-and-recitative episodes which have originated from the psalmodic singing. The programme strikes with the virtuosity of the hymns, the variety of the richly ornamented melodies, the interesting harmonic devices and the organ accompaniment. The music brings the atmosphere of peace and concentration, of contemplation and deep thought of God the Creator and the sacrifice of His Son.


Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia


  • Track Listing

    [1] Glory to You, Lord / Gloire à Toi, Seigneur 5'41"

    [2] The Body of Our Lord / Le Corps de Notre Seigneur 2'01"

    [3] Cherubic Hymn / Le chant des chérubins 4'50"

    [4] Christ Has Come Among Us / Christ est venu parmi nous 1'30"

    [5] Mercy, Peace and Blessed Sacrifice / Miséricorde, Paix et Saint Sacrifice 1'58"

    [6] Holy, Holy Lord / Saint, Saint le Seigneur 11'06"

    [7] The Lord's Holy Spirit / L'Esprit Saint de Seigneur 4'20"

    [8] Spiritual Dialogue / Dilague spirituel

    (Amen for Your Soul / Amen pour l'âme) 5'25"

    [9] Our Father / Notre Père 5'51"

    [10] Amen, Holy Father / Amen, Père Saint 7'14"

    [11] Be Blessed, Our Lord / Dieu, sois béni 6'19"

    [12] We Shall Be Glad in Thee, Lord / Nous serons heureux en Toi, Seigneur 5'11"

    DDD 61'38"

  • Participating

    Soloists: Marie Krikorian, Karapet Benlian,
    Marie Basmadjian, Ivo Jelev, Alis Bovarian
    Sofia Armenian Choir
    Bedros Papazian, conductor


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