WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Chant Byzantin - Passion Et Resurrection / Marie Keyrouz


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501315   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Any visitor to Paris may have noticed a small church tucked away in the shadow of Notre Dame: Saint Julien-le-Pauvre. This is the parish church for Eastern rite Catholics living in Paris. The Choir provides the ison—the supporting drone accompaniment— for this unique performance of Byzantine chant given by a nun from the Lebanon, Sister Marie Keyrouz. It is rare enough, indeed, to hear a female cantor, let alone one of the calibre of Sister Marie, who sings with all the art and knowledge of a professional, a full programme of exacting and elaborate ancient liturgical music. Her recital, sung in Greek and Arabic, includes chants for each day of Holy Week, from Monday to Easter Sunday, each day having its own particular theme. On the Read more Wednesday the central figure is Magdalene, the penitent woman, and the music is her highly-wrought prayer of contrition, her plea for mercy. Thursday concentrates upon the Last Supper, with a Communion prayer made up of a similarly elaborate, even ecstatic vocalization. The Troparion from Matins for Holy Saturday is centred on the Burial of Christ, expressed mainly in a fast-running syllabic style interspersed with doxology phrases sung by the Choir. One of the most remarkable pieces is the final Resurrection chant, ''Shine out, you new Jerusalem'', in which the melismatic chant rises to new heights.

The strength of this performance lies in the sustained power and controlled emotion which pours forth with a sense of ease. Sister Marie's voice covers a range of just under two octaves. The timbre is rich and slightly nasal. She manages the minor/major ambiguity with subtlety and her ornamentation never sounds other than inevitable.... But the record itself is a document of unusual interest.

-- Mary Berry, Gramophone [3/1990]
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Byzantine Liturgy of Holy Week by Anonymous
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Voice)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: Arabic (no. 2) 
2.
Byzantine Liturgy for St. Basil by Anonymous
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Voice)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Byzantine Liturgy of Easter Day by Anonymous
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Voice)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Arabic. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Pure Music September 13, 2012 By S. Scordilis (Whately, MA) See All My Reviews "Having heard a great deal of Byzantine chant, my curiosity was piqued when this CD was showcased. WOW - this is chant in all its purity - beautifully intoned and absent artifice. A must have CD for ALL music lovers." Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In