As Holy Week approaches and we prepare ourselves both spiritually and physically for a demanding time of salvific drama and cosmic triumph, we offer a truly heavenly rendition of the “Cherubic Hymn” by Anatoly Grindenko and the Russian Patriarchate Choir, taken from their sublimely beautiful album “Suprasl.”
The music was painstakingly deciphered from a lost 16th century illuminated manuscript recently discovered at the ancient Suprasl Orthodox Lavra in Northeastern Poland, and it reflects such disparate sources as Mt Athos and the Cave Monastery of Kiev. In the words of one reviewer, “Nothing in the canon of Western plain chant even remotely prepares the listener for the impact of its hypnotic, breathtaking power. [It is] spine-tingling, overpowering music.”
An MP3 edition of the entire recording, which Another City recommends most highly, is available online at Amazon.com.
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