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Sofia Priest Choir - Ensembles

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ID: GD101
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Cathedral Choir

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.
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Sofia Priest Choir - Popov, Kiril - conductor

Sofia Priest Choir - Popov, Kiril - conductor
ID: GD118
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

The programme is part of the series of liturgical music released by Gega New and contains performances of the Sofia Priest Choir established in 1947. The choir has been conducted by prominent Bulgarian clergymen who were masters in the details of the Orthodox singing. For this CD, dedicated to the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, the choir's current conductor, Kiril Popov, musician, graduate of the Sofia Ecclesiastical Seminary, with a PhD Degree from the Moscow Ecclesiastical Seminary, has selected some famous psalms, as well as pieces by renowned composers of church chants. The richness of sound of the male voices, the hues of timbres and colours make a special impression in the tracks Praise the Lord from the Heavens, mode 5, by John Koukouzeles, a great historical figure in Bulgarian musical culture, and O Holy God, in which the singers show their mastership in the jubilant singing. The choir sings beautifully these complex compositions and the deeply emotional, elevated music. Cherubic Hymn, mode 5, Meet It Is, mode 5 by Ioan Ohridsky also deserve special attention. Among the other performances are In Thy Kingdom by Dobri Hristov, the remarkable author of Bulgarian religious music, as well as the masterpiece O God, Save Thy People by the Russian composer, Pavel Chesnokov. The last track in the CD is the traditional Bulgarian chant Grant, O Lord, Many Years - a message and greeting to all Christians.

Markov, Protodeacon S. (1, 4, 6, 12, 14, 17)
Archpriest B. Chakov (4, 8, 10)
Archpriest I. Mihov (1, 6)
Archpriest M. Minchev (5)
Archpriest A. Naidenov (6)

Interprets: Chakov B., Mihov I., Minchev M., Naidenov A., Popov, Sofia Priest Choir
Recorded in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral June 1997/ Balance G. Nedyalkov, editing I. Litov
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ID: GD313
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

Christian musical tradition in Bulgaria dates back long before Christianity was established as an official state religion (865). According to some records a Christian church convention took place in Serdica (Sofia) in the 4th century. It is believed that the church chants of that time differed from the Byzantium church music. When East Orthodox religion was adopted as a state religion in Bulgaria, King Boris I put an end to this tradition. The Byzantium liturgical services and chants were enforced. Byzantium church music was dominant up to the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, in spite of the recurrent resistance of various groups of society. However, a few sources from that time show that there were attempts to create Bulgarian church music. The works of St. John Koukouzeles date from that time (13-14th c.). This tendency for developing Bulgarian church music was stopped when the country went under Ottoman rule (14th c.). At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century a new movement for reviving the Bulgarian church tradition began. Some Byzantium chants were translated into Slavonic language, and parallel to that original Bulgarian Orthodox chants were created. After the liberation from the Ottoman rule (1878), the service liturgies of the Russian Orthodox Church became dominant. A large number of Bulgarian composers wrote works for the church. They used elements of Old Bulgarian chants and reached the level of the Russian liturgical music. Dobri Hristov, for example, wrote liturgies dedicated to priests and they are still performed at church services. In his first liturgy of St. John Chrysostom he uses Old Bulgarian intonations.
The liturgical chants of Dobri Hristov, Peter Dinev, Apostol Nikolaev-Stroumsky, etc. are a inherent part of church services, just as the Russian chants by Alexander Grechaninov, Pavel Chesnokov, Nikolai Bakhmetiev …

Soloists: Orlin Anastassov, Alis Bovarian, Nikolina Pankova, Sasho Kostov, Alexander Deyanov, Peter Petrov, Martin Pashovski, Vanilia Kissyova, Yuri Lefedjiev, Sunai Mouratov, Konstantin Mirinski, Nicola Ghiuselev, Priest Boncho Chakov, Protodeacon Stefan Markov, Iskander Turiare, Dimiter Bonev

With the participation of: The Seven Saints Choir, conductor Dimitar Grigorov, Sofia Priest Choir, conductor Kiril Popov, Sofia Orthodox Choir, conductor Miroslav Popsavov, Madrigal Sofia Chamber Choir, conductor Stoyan Kralev, Sofia Armenian Choir, conductor Bedros Papazian, Mixed Choir, conductor Miroslav Popsavov
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