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St. John Chrysostom Liturgy Recorded By Capella Romana

Revisions to an old tradition make for some great early music in the 20th century.

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Frescoes on a church ceiling in Poland.

In 1995, leaders of the Orthodox Christian church in Greece and Great Britain began a project to translate the Divine Liturgy from ancient Greek to English.  Since then, many leaders of the Orthodox Church have collaborated to adapt this English translation to their traditional Byzantine chant. Capella Romana recorded an entire service of the Orthodox Church as one might hear it sung in a typical church on a typical Sunday.  Here are two selections from this service: the first is the alleluiarion sung right before the gospel; and after that, a cherubic hymn sung while the bread and wine are brought to the priest and deacon.

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Second Antiphon
Cappella Romana — Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant (Cappella Romana, 2008)
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Second Antiphon
Cappella Romana — Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant (Cappella Romana, 2008)
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Alleluiarion
Cappella Romana — Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant (Cappella Romana, 2008)
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Cherubic Hymn
Cappella Romana — Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant (Cappella Romana, 2008)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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