Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Voices of Jerusalem: Eastern Church Music

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Voices of Jerusalem: Eastern Church Music

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Voices of Jerusalem: Eastern Church Music 2006. Largo Records 5151. Recorded and annotated by Ury Eppstein. 13 pp. of notes in English. 1 colour photograph. 1 compact disc, 30 tracks (68:53).

Voices of Jerusalem is a treasury of chants and songs of various Eastern churches as were heard in the Holy City a few decades ago. The recordings were made between 1967 and 1983 by the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the National Sound Archives under the supervision of Ury Eppstein. Most of the tracks were recorded during religious services, sometimes under adverse circumstances, so variation in acoustical quality is not surprising. This does not, however, diminish one's enjoyment of the disc or its importance as a historical document. A sacred ambience prevails and one can often hear unique vocal renditions of liturgy by priests, soloists, and even congregants. Times have changed since these recordings were made: the old chants live on, but some of the outstanding singers have passed away and the performance style has become more energetic. This panorama of sacred languages and prayer traditions includes the rites of the Armenian, Ethiopian, Greek, Maronite, Rumanian, Russian, and Syrian denominations, some of which are ancient, going back to the sixth century, while others belong to later periods and one (a Catholic Hebrew chant) was recently created. …

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