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Ancient Slavonic Chants

Ancient Slavonic Chants

The liturgical chants in this recording—originally released by Monitor Records in 1994—come from the monastic tradition of medieval Bulgaria and are sung in Old Church Slavonic, the earliest recorded language of the Slavic peoples. The chants are performed a capella by the Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny (Ivan Koukouzel the Angel-Voiced) Ensemble, named after the renowned 14th-century Bulgarian composer. Two of his compositions are included in this album (tracks 6 and 7). The ensemble’s director, Tanya Christova, is a Bulgarian music scholar who has compiled early Slavic chants from throughout Bulgaria and transcribed them into modern notation. Brief liner notes provide background information on this singing tradition.

Track Listing

101
Dostoyno Yest (It Is Truly Meet) (Averkya Monach Rylets - from the Liturgy) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 2:50
102
Kheruvimska Pesen (Cherubic Hymn)(Old Bulgarian Hymn from the Liturgy) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 5:51
103
Voskreseniya Den (The Day of the Resurrection)(Neophyte Riisky- from Easter Matins) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 2:50
104
Tebe Poyem (We Praise Thee)(Old Bulgarian Chant- from the Liturgy) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 2:30
105
Radouysya Vsechistaya (Rejoice, All Pure One) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 7:52
106
Aniksantar Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 8:49
107
Vladikou E Sveshtenonachalnika (Our Master and High Priest preserve, O Lord, for many years) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 4:01
108
Te-Ri-Rem (Finale of Polieley Na Bulgarkata)(Lament of the Bulgarian Woman) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 4:19
109
Dostoyno Yest (It Is Truly Met) (From the Elena Region; notated by Bishop Nikolai) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 3:13
110
Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel Cried Out) (From the Elena region; notated by Dunovsky) Ivan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble 4:36

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