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Byzantine Christmas
performed by Romeiko Ensemble
conducted by Dr. Yorgos Bilalis

Byzantine Christmas performed by Romeiko Ensemble conducted by Dr. Yorgos Bilalis
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This exquisite book & CD package is a limited edition production by Romeiko Ensemble celebrating the Nativity of Christ and exploring the celebration of Christmas in the late Byzantine Empire. The book is cloth bound with an embossed icon on the cover and includes 72 pages in full color, lavishly illustrated with icons and manuscript illuminations. Its contents are superb, and include: Patristic and Psalter quotes on the subject of Nativity; The Nativity Icon and an accompanying essay explaining its symbolism; in the center fold, a newly commissioned Prokypsis icon with accompanying essay explaining the Prokypsis ceremony on the eve of Nativity in the Byzantine court; an essay by Fr. Maximos Lavriotes on the theology of the Nativity; musicological notes by George Bilalis, Director of the ensemble; and hymn text in English. The CD includes 71 minutes of music (approx. 45 minutes in English) of Byzantine chant for Nativity and five regional Greek carols ? including the never before performed Prokypsis hymn for the Emperor and a reproduction of the medieval manuscript from which it was transcribed. This is a limited print run edition, with only 1,000 copies printed. Place your order early to assure you receive a one of these collectible examples of authentic Byzantine chant.

Total Recording Time: 75:19:00

Track Listing

Title   Sample
1. Apolytikion: Thy Nativity, mode IV  
2. Polyeleos, stasis I: Servants O Lord, mode III  
3. Polyeleos, stasis II: O give thanks unto the Lord, in six modes
4. Polyeleos, stasis III: All the earth allellouia, modes IV & nenano
5. Kontakion: On this day the Virgin, mode III  
6. Katabasiae: Christ is born, Odes 1-8, mode I  
7. Ode 9: A strange and marvelous mystery, mode I
8. Exaposteilarion: From the heights our Saviour, mode III
9. Praises stichera, mode IV  
10. Praises Both now: Today Christ is born, mode II
11. All ye that in Christ have been baptized (in English, Greek, Arabic and English), mode I
12. Katabasiae, Odes 1 & Xpistos gennetai (Christ is born), mode I
13. Ode 9: Mysterion Chenon (A strange and marvelous mystery), mode I
14. O Christos egennethe o stephas e basilea (Christ is born who crowns you King), mode IV  
15. Byzantine Carol: Anarchos Theos (The God who is without beginning), mode I
16. Byzantine Carol: Christougenna, Protougenna (The God who is without beginning), mode I
17. Carol (Sigalas? collection): Kalein esieran archontes (Good evening, my Lords), mode pl. IV  
18. Carol (Sigalas? collection): Semero oi Magoi (Good evening, my Lords), mode pl. IV
19. Carol (Naupliotis? collection): Doxa Theou (Glory to God)

Product Details

  • Performer: Romeiko Ensemble
  • Conductor: Dr. Yorgos Bilalis
  • Audio CD (2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kouphisma
  • ISBN-13: 9789609302890
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