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Top 12: music

Top 12: music

Our regular TOP: twelve pieces of music that were popular in the old archives.

Our colleagues from Kiev, Svetlana and Vadim, work on the musical archive (the descriptions to the works in this text belong to them).

12. Choir Orphos

The name "Orphos" in Greek means "right straight, right."

The creative team seeks to emphasize the continuity of modern spiritual singing from the Byzantine and Old Russian traditions.

In contrast to the well-known party singing, "Orphos" avoids affects, passion. Here is not romance, but asceticism; here is lightness, calmness, prayer.

In the sound palette of the choir "Orphos" there is a colorful multicolor of Christmas and Easter chants and strict graphics of fasting prayers. In a skillful combination of tradition with a constant creative search – the uniqueness of Orphos.

New transcripts of hook recordings of znamenny singing side by side with works by contemporary Petersburg composers Malevich, Rimshi, Samusenko. Many of the remarkable compositions of these authors can be heard only in the performance of Orphos.

11. Choir of the Sisters of the Alexander Nevsky Novo-Tikhvin Women's Monastery of the city of Yekatirinburg

In the monastery the ancient Russian liturgical singing is revived, its origins lie in the ancient Byzantine singing system. The main ancient chants are znamenny, demestvenny, track. Until the middle of the 17th century, it was these chants that sounded in all Orthodox churches in Russia. Their melodies have a special influence on the listener, take the soul away from the earthly vanity, tune in to prayer.

The chants rewritten by the sisters are performed according to special signs – “banners” (or “hooks”) that were used to record the melodies of ancient chants. They differ from modern notes in that one “hook” can mean several sounds at once (2 ascending or 2 descending sounds, a melodic group of several sounds, as well as a whole musical phrase). In ancient times, these signs also indicated the nature of the performance, for example, “to proclaim lightly and dignifiedly”, “to flinch, to shatter with a larynx”, “to twirl with your throat”, etc.

Old Russian liturgical singing was born on the basis of ancient Byzantine, so the sisters are trying to revive this tradition. For example, chants in worship are performed according to a Byzantine model, with Eason. Eason is a continuous sound with a melody played in the background. In ancient times it was considered the main element of singing, a symbol of eternity.

10. Georgian folk songs

Georgian polyphony is characterized by special voice technique and the use of tones that are close to each other.

Singing in Georgia is usually an exclusively male occupation. The standard song in Georgia is performed mainly by three voices.

Initially, Georgian singing existed as a folk song, but after the adoption of Christianity it became a church hymn.

9. Chorus of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

The chants presented are melodic pearls in the liturgical necklace of laurels, transmitting the prayer mood of the believer, his aspiration from the earthly to the heavenly, from the temporal to the eternal.

The chants are sung with true Christian piety and reverence, and therefore they sound like a hymn to the victory of life over death, light over darkness, good over evil.

8. Choir directed by hieromonk Ambrose (Nosov) (AMVROSIY’S CHOIR)

In 1987, with the blessing of Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and Yurievsky Pitirim (1926-2003), a professional male choir was created in order to revive the traditions of bishops' choir singing clerks.

Its leader was a professional choir conductor, organizer and leader of several church choirs, author of arrangements and transcriptions of church chanting, hieromonk Ambrose (Nosov, born in 1956).

Since the creation of the choir, Hieromonk Ambrose creatively summarizes the experience of the priesthood, conducting in the parish and cathedral churches of Moscow, research work in musical foundations and developing a draft series of audio recordings of Russian sacred music.

Monophonic singing borrowed from ancient manuscripts, early polyphony, partes singing, chants of world famous monasteries – Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Optina Pustyn and many others, composers of the XVIII-XX centuries compose the choir's repertoire.

The performing style of the choir is a unique combination of authenticity of interpretation, technical and artistic skill. The singing of the choir at the divine service evokes a prayerful spirit and won the love of the parishioners, at concerts it is always a success with the audience.

7. Choir of the Brotherhood of the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra

In 2004, the Holy Synod of the UOC-MP decided to grant the status of the monastery to the Svyatogorsk male monastery of the Gorlovskaya diocese.

Svyatogorsk Lavra – the third in Ukraine, after the Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev, and the fifth – in the CIS.

6. Julia Slavyanskaya

The pseudonym was not born by chance and, first of all, is a peculiar mirror of Julia’s worldview, her desire to be closer to national roots, to the life-giving word, and therefore to God – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God "(John 1: 1).

The search for Divine truth, love for the Creator and for neighbors, penitential feeling and joy in the Resurrected Lord always formed the basis of the inner life of the Russian person. All this is clearly heard in the songs of Yulia Slavyanskaya.

5. Great Children's Choir named after Victor Popov

The Big Children's Choir (full name – the Big Children's Choir named after Viktor Popov of the Russian State Radio Company “Voice of Russia”) was formed in 1970 under the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

The choir has a huge repertoire covering a wide variety of styles and eras. These are Russian and foreign classics, sacred music, Russian folk songs, songs of the peoples of the world, the best and popularly favorite children's songs of domestic authors, songs from popular cartoons and films, works of modern composers writing for children.

4. Masterpieces of Orthodox music

A large collection of Orthodox music.

In 2000, the publishing house "Russian Compact Disc" released collections of songs from three CDs of the series "Masterpieces of Orthodox music" under the title "The Best Music of the Millennium I"

The first part included mostly chants of the All-night Vigil performed by the male choir "Orthodox singers", the choir "Siren", the choir "Old Russian singing", the Ural choir.

The second part included church hymns of such church composers as Grechaninov, Chesnokov, Rachmaninov, Lviv, Kastalsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Lyadov and also compositions on the words of Pushkin (Song of the Wise Oleg) and Chepikov (Legend of the Twelve Thieves) performed by the male choir " Orthodox choristers ”, conductor G.Smirnov, choir of the Moscow Choral Academy, conductor V.Popov, choir“ Old Russian Singing ”, conductor A.Gridnenko, choir under the direction of conductor V.Rybin, Ural choir, conductor V.Novik, St. Capella -Petersburg, conductor V.Chernush nko.

The third part includes church chants performed by the male choir "VALAAM"

3. Choir of the Vatopedi Monastery Brethren

Hymns in Greek. Vatoped – Greek monastery, one of the most ancient and large on Mount Athos.

2. Choir of the brethren of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Solovki stauropegic monastery

An excerpt from the introductory article to the "Contemporary music of the Solovetsky Monastery" about Solovetsky choir singing:

“For centuries, Solovki lived a prayer. The ancient northern monastery began with the prayers of their chiefs. The brethren multiplied, magnificent temples were erected – church singing gained order and completeness, expressing with all its sound the spiritual basis of the harsh island monastery: severity, simplicity and deep beauty focused on the inner prayer mood of the Solovetsky chants. ”

1. Choir of the brotherhood of the Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

Valaam is an island in the northern part of Lake Ladoga, on which is located the Valaam Stavropegic Monastery, which is the greatest monument of Russian architecture.

The service there is sung znamenny chant. Znamenny singing in a purely way supports, calms, makes the contents of the prayer more accessible and leaves no Orthodox heart indifferent.

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