Bulgarian Orthodox Church involves two traditions of church singing: eastern (one-part), and choir (polyphonic). The eastern one-part singing follows the rules of the ancient Greek music, as well as the requirements of the eight-part cannon of the church. The second tradition - the choir one, has developed since the second part of the 19th century, when Russian polyphonic choir music came into Bulgaria. A lot of Bulgarian composers begin creating their works according to the Russian polyphonic singing.
The release presents both traditions. The chants have been recorded by church choirs, as well as choirs whose repertoire includes a lot of East Orthodox music.


  • Track Listing

    ST. JOHN KOUKOUZELES (13th-14th c.)

    [1] Hvalite Gospoda S'nebes (Praise the Lord from the Heavens) 5'51''

    [2] Slava Ottsu (Glory to the Father) anonym 1'35''

    [3] Vozlyublyu tya, Gospodi (I Shall Love Thee, My Lord) 0'57''

    YOAN H. OHRIDSKY (1829-1890)

    [4] Dostoino Est (Meet It Is), 3'27''

    in the 5th mode Hieromonk Neophyte Rilski

    [5] Voskreseniya den (The Day of Resurrection), in the 5th mode 2'36''

    DOBRI HRISTOV (1875-1941)

    [6] Blazhen mouzh (Blessed Is the Man) 4'40''

    [7] Vo tsarstvii tvoem (In Thy Kingdom) 2'30''

    [8] Svete tihii (O Gladsome Radiance) 2'37''

    [9] Herouvimska No. 4 (Cherubic Song No. 4) 7'44''


    [10] Blagoslovi dushe moya gospoda i malka ektenia 4'33''

    (Bless the Lord O My Soul and Small Litany)

    [11] Otche Nash (Our Father) 4'28''

    [12] Veliko slavoslovie (Great Doxology) 10'40''

    PETER DINEV (1889-1980)

    [13] Blagoslovi dushe moya Gospoda (Bless the Lord O My Soul) 2'17''

    [14] Dostoino Est (Meet It Is) 3'38''

    [15] Angel vopiyashe (The Angel Cried) 2'12''

    [16] Razboinika blagorazumnago (The Judicious Villain) 2'54''

    DDD 63'34''

  • Performed by:

    Priest Boncho Chakov, Nikolina Pankova, Priest Stanoi Andonov, Konstantin Mirinski, Dimiter Bonev, Vanilia Kissyova, Yury Lefedjiev, Sunai Mouratov, Nicola Ghiuselev
    Sofia Priest Choir, Kiril Popov (conductor)

    Sofia Boys' Choir, Adriana Blagoeva (conductor)

    Madrigal Sofia Chamber Choir, Stoyan Kralev (conductor)
    Sofia Orthodox Choir, Miroslav Popsavov (conductor)