GD290/291 Paschal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom



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Performed by: Metropolitan Neofit, Bishop Pavel, Priest Antonii Naidenov, Priest Mihail Mihailov, Priest Ivan Mihov, Deacon Ivan Ivanov, Deacon Petar Yanakov, Nikolina Pankova, Maya Vassileva
Choir of St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, Sofia
Dimitar Dimitrov, conductor

CD 1
[1] Bell Chimes of the "St. Alexander Nevsky" Patriarchal Cathedral 7'01''
Christ is Risen
[2] Great Litany 6'43''
[3] Bless the Lord, O My Soul 1'57''
[4] Litte Litany 1'24''
[5] O Only-Begotten Son 1'46''
[6] Little Litany 1'42''
[7] Christ Is Risen 0'33''
[8] In the Church you Bless your God and Lord 1'20''
[9] Christ is Risen , mode 5 and Even if you have Descended 2'26''
into the Grave
[10] Elici: Baptized in Church and Blessing from the Bishop 7'01''
[11] Apostolic and Evangelic Reading (Acts 1:1 - 8, John 1:1 – 17) 10'50''
[12] Litany of Fervent Supplication 10'25''
[13] Cherubic Hymn 10'04''
DDD 63'17''

CD 2
[1] Litany of Supplication and I Shall Love Thee, My Lord 7'08''
[2] Credo 4'52''
[3] Mercy of Peace No.1 8'13''
[4] The Angel Cried 4'33''
[5] Litany of Supplication 5'41''
[6] Our Father 6'29''
[7] The So Called 6'54''
[8] Dismissal, Sermon, and Grant O Lord Many Years 18'16''
      - God has Given to us Immortal Life
      - Solemn Bell Chimes
DDD 62'11''
Gega New Music Company pays special attention to featuring liturgical music in its catalogue. Up to now the company has released a number of recordings with liturgical chants, which are a part of the usual festive liturgies. This is the first complete recording in Bulgaria of the Paschal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, in observation of the East-Orthodox canon the way it is performed at the St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, together with the choir performance, chants and the bell chimes of the Cathedral.
The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral was consecrated on September 12, 1924. Three years later (1927) Apostol Nikolaev established the mixed Choir with the Cathedral, which, ever since its foundation, has taken part in all church events and festive liturgies. In 1936, Prof Dobri Hristov, a great Bulgarian composer and conductor, student of Antonin Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory, took the position of conductor. D. Hristov is the author of a number of religious works, most of which were composed especially for the Cathedral's choir and they are still present in its repertoire. After Maestro Dobri Hristov, the choir was conducted in the course of 36 years by Angel Popkonstantinov, and since 1978 his conductor has been Dimitar Dimitrov. He graduated from the ”St. John of Rila” Sofia Ecclesiastic Seminary, the “St. Kliment of Ohrid” Academy of Theology, and the State Academy of Music in Sofia. While a student, in 1967, together with his colleagues from the Academy of Theology, he founded the “St. John Koukouzeles – Angeloglasniyat” Chamber Ensemble, whose conductor he has been ever since. He has been teaching religious music at the Department of Theology with the “St. Kliment Ohridsky” Sofia University and at the “Venerable Paisii of Hilendar” Subsidiary of the Plovdiv University in Kardjali. He also reads lectures in liturgical order at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music.

We released the present double CD album with this unique recording to mark the 80th anniversary from the consecration of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The programme is also dedicated to the 2000th anniversary of Christ's Nativity.

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