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A magnificent tribute paid to the splendors of Byzantine music, this amazing repertoire lies at the heart of the oldest Christian traditions. Byzantium's musical history has left a deep impression on our history through an immense musical heritage kept alive with the help of an undisturbed musical tradition in Greece and in the old Churches of Orient.

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  1. Ô Vierge Sainte, réjouis-toi (Luc 1, 28-42) (Office des Vêpres)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Stichère des Grandes Vêpres de la Dormition de la Mère de DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Ô Vierge Sainte, réjouis-toi (Luc 1, 28-42) (5e ton)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Tropaires de la 1ère et de la 8ème Ode et Mégalynaire du Canon de la Grande ParaclèseChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Il est vraiment digne de te bénir, Mère de Dieu (Chant de Grégoire de Protopsalt)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Trois Stichères des Grandes Vêpres de l'Annonciation de la Mère de DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Il est vraiment digne de te bénir, Mère de Dieu (Chant Byzantin)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Alors il leur parlera dans sa colèreChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 8:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Cherubic Hymn [Kovalesky] - Hymne des ChérubinsDivna & the Melodi Choir - Divna et le Choeur Melodi 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Bénissez le SeigneurChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 7:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bénis le Seigneur, ô mon âme (Psaume 122, 1-22)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. La Vierge en ce jourChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. CredoDivna et le Choeur Melodi 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Gloire à DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Pater NosterDivna et le Choeur Melodi 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Il nous a visités du haut des CieuxChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Les Mages, rois de PerseDivna et le Choeur Melodi 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. All Together, the Angels in the SkyLycourgos Angelopoulos & the Byzantine Choir of Greece 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Prières d'Action et de GrâceDivna et le Choeur Melodi 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Lycourgos Angelopoulos, Divna Ljubojevic
  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jade Records
  • ASIN: B000ENC75E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By X. Libris on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The product description here doesn't tell you that this album features two different performing artists on alternating tracks.

Lycourgos Angelopoulos is well respected in the world of Byzantine chant musicians for his fine work at preserving this glorious ancient liturgical Christian music in the original Greek. Here we find examples of the more melismatic styles of Greek chant.

The surprise for me when I first listened to this recording was the delicate and angelic voice of the Serbian Orthodox woman, Divna Ljubojevic. For a brief moment I thought I was listening to Celtic music, but some of the melodies will be familiar to those who have attended Orthodox services where Slavic-style music is sung.

So here we have two alternating, and contrasting, versions of Byzantine chant. My first time through the recording, I was surprised at this juxtaposition of the two styles, but then I listened to the Greek separately, with its use of microtones, and then the Serbian, with its more Western-sounding tonal system. Now I find the combination to be a refreshing way to approach this prayerful and diverse music.

The track titles will give the listener a hint to the text that is being sung, but unfortunately there are no transliterated texts or translations in the liner notes.

For me, the exciting discovery on this recording is the voice of Divna. I will be looking for more works by her in the future.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on November 12, 2008
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For about a year I have been looking to expand my Orthodox Church CD collection. I did find a few recordings on Amazon that were excellent--but unfortunately the performers were all-male choirs. I think female singers (along with males) represent a major difference with the Orthodox approach, in contrast to early Roman Catholic religious chant (i.e. Gregorian chant & male only choirs.)

I have discussed this aspect the female element plays in the Orthodox Church elsewhere. The Orthodox Church calls Mary, the mother of Jesus,The Holy Mother of God. This is an official designation, elevating her to a level closer to Divinity than the Catholic "Blessed Virgin Mary."

This wonderful CD opens with a male/female choir performing "Hail, Mary." It's depth of rich tonality is a good introduction to the lovely tapestry of sound & feeling to follow. 2 selections later an all-female choir sings yet another interpretation of "Hail, Mary" that is shorter in duration, but exquisite. In fact, the GLORY OF BYZANTIUM is exquisite in every detail. Each selection represents top of the line production value, as well as a pleasing variety of chant & singers. The art work is absolutely beautiful too.

This is one CD of several in the BYZANTIUM series--and you can believe I plan to include them all in my collection.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on August 29, 2010
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When you dub this CD onto your PC (iTunes, etc.), separate the the Greek pieces (Lycourgos Angelopoulos) and Slavonic pieces (Divna Ljubojevic) into Disk 1 & 2. This will give a MUCH more satisfactory listening experience. Both are amazing performances, but "shuffling the deck" was not good idea.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Arthur King on January 5, 2007
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It is well worth the price of this album to be able to listen to the glorious voice of Divina Ljubojevic singing Psalm 102. The best performances on the album, IMO, are those which include female voices.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed Arifi on November 14, 2010
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I am an Arab of Islamic origin, and I love listening to this kind of chanting because it is the closest I can find in the Christian tradition to the Middle-Eastern spirit. Now, I started mimicking this style of chanting while reading passages in Psalms (in Arabic and English)and I feel that it is a good fit for my "middle-estern" taste in worshiping.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By aproductofsociety on January 13, 2008
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I confess I haven't heard this particular CD, but I heard The Greek Byzantine Choir under the direction of Lycourgos Angelopoulos this very evening at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. They are truly wonderful -- there is great power in these austere melodies. They resemble Gregorian chants but are more enticing for reasons I cannot explain. As an atheist I was nonetheless deeply moved by this music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Latimer the Rabbit on August 27, 2010
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Excellent quality recording in conjunction with very good performances. The very gifted female vocalist Divna Ljubojevic noticeably and delightfully enhances all of the work with her contributions. Give it a listen, it will be time well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Yu on October 23, 2012
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What really surprised me was the excellent acoustics of this recording, especially considering that some of the tracks were recorded over 20 years ago. While a good pair of headphones can bring out the sound, I prefer to play this CD through the multispeaker sound system in my living room. When played in a quiet--but not sound insulated--room, I can appreciate the multilayered and atmospheric a capella.

Divna Ljubojevic's angelic voice will appeal to fans of Enya or similar vocalists, but Western ears might find the Greek male choir's melisma unsettling at first. I recommend listening to "Great Supplicatory Canon" first. Altogether, "Glory of Byzantium" is a good sampler for listeners new to Orthodox traditional music. A fine blend of ancient Greek and more contemporary Slavonic interpretations.
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