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Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 1
Hymns of the Vespers and the Matins
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Some of the byzantine clerical poetry belonging to John Damaskinos (7th century) and Theodore Stouditis (10th century) is included in the record (CD). It was composed by John Protopsalt in the 18th century at Constantinople. The music is in first tune based on Re and Sol on moderate and presto tenses.

It is sung by the Men's choir of the All Saints Cathedral of Kallithea (Athens) under the direction of Costa Zorba.

All the discs are accompanied by a 48-page leaflet giving explanations in Greek, English, French, German with Latin transliteration.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 2
The Divine liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
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Well known hymns heard every Sunday in all the orthodox churches written by the greatest writer of hymns of the Oriental Church, John Damaskinos are included in this disc.

Marvelous hymns such as responses, peaceful meetings, most holy hymns (sanctus), epistles, gospels, cherubins, missals composed in unique versions of tones by John Protopsalt of Constantinople (18th century), are conducted by Costas Zorbas with the participation of George Mavroidis, (reverend).


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 3
Hymns of Christmas Eve
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Christmas is the greatest Holiday of Christianity and in the Orthodox temples the festivities begin the day before that with the marvelous, well known Service of the Great Hours.

The disc comprises marvelous hymns of the Birth of Christ which were written by great hymnographers such as Anatolios and Germanos (7th century) and were composed by Petros (Peter) Lambadarios, Psaltis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (18th century).

  • The enrollment decreed by Ceasar August
  • The appearance of the bright Star
  • The worship of the Magi
  • Joseph and Mary' s arrival in Bethlehem

The priest George Mavroidis takes part.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 4
Hymns of Holy Week
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The CD contains some of the best-known and cherished hymns, which are heard in the over-crowded orthodox churches during the Holy Week.

Poems of the greatest poets of the Byzantium composed at that time (8th -11th century) in the enormous richness of tones and melodies, which the byzantine music has at her disposal. The choir consisting of 40 members offers hymns which refer to the service of the:

  • Bridegroom service
  • The betrayal of Jesus by Judas
  • Jesus' Judgment
  • Jesus' Crucifixion

Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 5
Hymns of Virgin Mary
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The Holy Virgin is the most cherished and loved person of Christianity. Millions of lay people from all over the world have written and continue writing poems for the Holy Virgin.

Some of these poems set to music by prominent composers of the byzantine period are masterpieces heard in the C.D.

  • The 9th ode
  • The 15th of August Doxology
  • Glory to you
  • God's mother
  • The Angels Hymn
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Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 6
Ave Maria
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The Akathistus Hymn is perhaps the most cherished hymn of the Orthodox Church.

It belongs to the classical and lyrical music of the byzantine ecclesiastical music consisting of beautiful trophies (the Canon) and the 24 Houses (Houses beginning with the letter A as far as ┘mega (┘) i.e. the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet.

It was probably written and composed in the 6th century a. C. and was sung for the first time in the church of the Holy Virgin (Panagia of Vlaherne of Constantinople 626 a. C.).

The priest George Mavroidis takes part.

This work consists of two C.D.’s:

  • No. 6 comprises Houses A-M
  • No. 7 comprises Houses N-┘

Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 7
Ave Maria
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The Akathistus Hymn is perhaps the most cherished hymn of the Orthodox Church.

It belongs to the classical and lyrical music of the byzantine ecclesiastical music consisting of beautiful trophies (the Canon) and the 24 Houses (Houses beginning with the letter A as far as ┘mega (┘) i.e. the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet.

It was probably written and composed in the 6th century a. C. and was sung for the first time in the church of the Holy Virgin (Panagia of Vlaherne of Constantinople 626 a. C.).

The priest George Mavroidis takes part.

This work consists of two C.D.’s:

  • No. 6 comprises Houses A-M
  • No. 7 comprises Houses N-┘

Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 8
Songs of the East Aegean Sea
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Fourteen marvelous byzantine traditional songs of the islands and the oriental coasts of the Aegean Sea i.e. originating from the area extending from the island of Rhodes to Constantinople.

These are popular songs by unknown popular poets and composers of the 18th century. They have been sung -some of them are still sung nowadays- at marriages, feasts, fairs, amusements, expressing joy, sadness, suffering, friendship and peace. The mixed choir consisting of 30 members (men and women) sings with the accompaniment of traditional instruments.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 9
David's Psalms
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Marvelous byzantine hymns of the Bible (David' s Psalms) were composed by the most talented byzantine composers of the 17th century.

Some of the hymns have been composed by monks of the monastery of Simon Petras of Mount Athos.

They are among the best-known hymns since they are heard almost every day both in churches and monasteries.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 10
Hymns of Jesus Christ
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Two surprising four-year-old little girls accompanied by a choir of 60 members (men, women, children), express with their velvet childish voices fantastic melodies devoted to Christ.

The CD comprises superb byzantine hymns of the Bible.

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Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 11
The Resurrection Hymns
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The greatest event of world history is the bright and life-giving Resurrection o Jesus Christ.

In every Orthodox Church an especially splendid ceremony takes place.

The churches' joy-bells ring at 11 o'clock the night of Holly Saturday and at 12 o' clock mid-night the ceremony of the Resurrection takes place outside of the church (usually in the church's ground).

The greatest part of this brilliant ceremony is contained in this CD (No 11).

This is chanted by the multi-member choir of All Saints Cathedral Kallithea (Athens) under the direction of Constantine Zorbas, economist and music professor who is head psalmist of the above Cathedral Church.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 12
The Lamentations
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The celebration of the Burial of the Divine Body, and the descent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to Hades, is one of the greatest holidays of Christendom in which the mournful Character is evident.

During the celebration the Lamentations are sung.

To the Greek Orthodox people the Lamentations are known as EPITAPHIOS THRINOS and is one of the most beloved ecclesiastical hymns (songs) since this is taught to children in schools and they also have the chance to practice it every year during the celebration as the Lamentations are sung in the churches with the participation of all the congregation.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 13
O pure virgin
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Thousands of hymns and poems were written about our Most Holy Lady. The present CD (No.13) contains hymns dedicated to our Holy Virgin, such as:

"O Pure Virgin", This poem was written in the 19th century by Saint Nektarios (Aegina island)

"Megalynaria". The words mentioned in this hymn come from the Holy hospel (Luke, A' 46-55).

"David's Psalms". ("Beautiful words" No.44 and " I will receive the cup of salvation" No.115).

"Hail! O Virgin Theotokos". That was set to music by Petros Mpereketis, Constantinople 1768 a.c.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 14
SMALL CANON TO THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
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Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 15
Service of the Supplicatory Canon to the Archangel Michael of Panormitis (Symi-Rhodes)

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1 David's Psalms
2 Odes 1-3
3 Odes 4-6
4 The Holy Gospel
5 Odes 7-9
6 Megalinaria

This CD No 15 contains the "Service of the Supplicatory Canon to the Archangel Michael of Panornitis (Symi-Rhodes)" performed by the fifteen-member byzantine choir of the All Saints Cathedral of Kallithea (Athens) under the direction of Choir-Master and Head Psalmist Costas Zorbas.


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Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 16
The Great Celebration of Christendom is the resurrection of Jesus Christ
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In Greece the first resurrection is celebrated at 12:00 hrs at midnight, the second one is celebrated at 12:00 hrs at midday or the afternoon of the same day.

The second resurrection is carried out to all Orthodox Churches with special magnificence and the congregation is dressed by springed and coloured clothes they keep white lighten candles, they chant all together the hymn “Christ has Risen”, they give each other kisses; every kiss is named “kiss of love”.

In the present CD we dared a pioneer innovation for greek facts. We issued the CD chanting the hymns not in Greek language, but in English language fore pleasure and satisfaction of the friends of Byzantine music all over in the world; these people, of course, do not know the Greek language, and this CD is dedicated to them.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 17
Hymns of Saint Leonides
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The characteristic of such CD is the fact that in heard hymns usually is being reference to situations of the past (3rd century after Christ), when there was a particular religious status.

Particularly, Christianism made its first steps in Athens and St. Leonides, who was the first orthodox Archbishop of Athens tried to achieve a special peaceful living together of the Orthodox people and of the fans of Twelve Gods.

It is noted that in Acropolis of Athens there was the Parthenon, a church that was dedicated to Goddess Athena. This goddess was considered as the goddess of wisdom and this goddess is one of the twelve gods of Olympus. Very close to her, near in the shadow of Acropolis, there was the home of Leonides - as there was the centre of Athens at these times- and the cathedral church of Orthodox people.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 18
Hymns to Archangel Michael and Gabriel
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The hymns that are heard in the present CD are parts of the feast of Michael and Gabriel (8th of November).

These hymns are dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who are considered as the supreme commanders of the hosts of the heavens. All of us know, more or less, about the Angels’ orders of Cherubim and Seraphim.

In this CD it is heard a big variety of hymns to Vesper, to Matins, to Divine Service where are expressed the prayers and the supplications of the faithful people to the Archangels that all of us consider Patrons and our Guardian Angels.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 19
The Great Supplicatory to Virgin Mary
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The sweet name of Virgin Mary is situated in the leaps of all of Christians in earth. One of the numerous poems that were written in favour of Her, is the Great Supplicatory Canon to Virgin Mary.

With this Canon is required the invisible mediation of Virgin Mary for the fighting of difficult situations, the treatment of diseases, and the protection of faithful people from any danger.

It is chanted during the first 15 days of August alternative with the Small Supplicatory Canon. Many times it is chanted also in the homes of the faithful people.


Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Church Vol. 20
Supplication Canon to Saint Barbara
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Santa Barbara is a very favorite and famous person in the world of Christians.

One of the hymns that were written in favour of her is the Supplicatory Canon which is a supplicating hymn to Saint Barbara, who protects the small children from the disease “variola or smallpox” (eylogia) and is considered also as protector of military units, especially of artillery and of corps of engineers, and of the sailors and of the people who work in quarries and mines.

This CD is dedicated to sisters of Sacred Monastery Roussanou of Meteores.


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