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Glory of Byzantium

Lycourgos Angelopoulos , Divna Ljubojevic Audio CD
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Ô Vierge Sainte, réjouis-toi (Luc 1, 28-42) (Office des Vêpres)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stichère des Grandes Vêpres de la Dormition de la Mère de DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ô Vierge Sainte, réjouis-toi (Luc 1, 28-42) (5e ton)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  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 
listen  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 
listen  6. Trois Stichères des Grandes Vêpres de l'Annonciation de la Mère de DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Il est vraiment digne de te bénir, Mère de Dieu (Chant Byzantin)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Alors il leur parlera dans sa colèreChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 8:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Cherubic Hymn [Kovalesky] - Hymne des ChérubinsDivna & the Melodi Choir - Divna et le Choeur Melodi 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bénissez le SeigneurChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 7:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bénis le Seigneur, ô mon âme (Psaume 122, 1-22)Divna et le Choeur Melodi 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. La Vierge en ce jourChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. CredoDivna et le Choeur Melodi 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gloire à DieuChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Pater NosterDivna et le Choeur Melodi 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Il nous a visités du haut des CieuxChoeur Byzantin de Grèce 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Les Mages, rois de PerseDivna et le Choeur Melodi 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. All Together, the Angels in the SkyLycourgos Angelopoulos & the Byzantine Choir of Greece 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Prières d'Action et de GrâceDivna et le Choeur Melodi 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blend of Two Styles of Byzantine Chant 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Was Listening For November 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.

Orthodox Chants from Russia
Russian Chant for Vespers
The Orthodox Collection
Lay Aside All Earthly Cares: Orthodox Choral Works in English
Hymns to the Mother of God at the Moleben
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Albums in One August 29, 2010
By Timothy
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly November 14, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The glorious voice of Ljubojevic January 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful December 25, 2013
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To be fair, I wish the whole album were just Divna Ljuboevic as the Greeks as is their tradition always sound like they are chanting in anticipation of the end of the world, or until Greece returns to ruling the Middle East, whichever comes first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is excellent, outstanding!
Published 1 month ago by ELIE R CHEMALY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD for any time
Published 1 month ago by Egypt Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Profoundly Moving
Divna and the Melodi Choir are the standout of this CD.

Lycourgos Angelopoulos has longer tracks with a different sound that are beautiful but perhaps don't sparkle as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Fedyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
If you like excellent harmony and worshipful Gregorian Chant, this is for you. I always have it on in my car!
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good blend
This is a great blend of choral music with a talented female vocalist. I am not a specialist in Byzantine music, but am trying to grow my tastes, and this has been good for me.
Published 9 months ago by Adam Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
If you like liturgical music, my guess is that you will enjoy this album. The recording is also very clear and well done.
Published 12 months ago by bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Old music come to life
This old music is stirring and makes me think of another time. The voices are rich and must stir up memories from past lives!
Published 15 months ago by Danelle Feist
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Beautiful
I bought this CD to listen to in the car instead of the radio. It is a wonderful selection of truly Byzantine pieces. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Church Music
Traditional singing at it's best. All songs are done with much feeling, a great mix of choirs. An excelent CD for anyone intrested in Greek Orthodox music.
Published 16 months ago by Mike T
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring!
My prayers and meditations soar when I play this music. The beauty of it amazing. You can tell that the chanters are really praying this music. I highly recommend it.
Published 19 months ago by Orthodoxy
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