We celebrate the victory over death by Jesus Christ. Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!
Les Grandes Voix Bulgares perform what is, to my ears, the perfect version of the refrain, “Lord Have Mercy” (Kyrie Eleison in Greek, Gospodi Pomilui in the Slavic tongues).
Cristóbal de Morales is among my favorite Spanish composers of the Renaissance era. Saint Isodore of Seville, the patron saint of the Internet, happens to be one of my favorite saints. I’m surprised I missed this composition.
We finally end the Christmas season with the Feast of the Nativity using the Julian Calendar. We wish you who celebrate today a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous 2017!
UCLA professor Sharon Gerstel’s work in studying how Byzantine church architecture helped to enhance the sound of liturgical chants was featured at UCLA’s Newsroom blog.
One of Lebanon’s jewels, Abir Nehme is singing here in Syriac.
Behind only Laibach and Bijelo Dugme (White Button), Mizar were the most powerful name in the Balkan rock music scene, and crossed over into Darkwave with ease. This is a cover of The Eurhythmics’ classic hit, “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This,” done with a heavy dose of Byzantine goth.
We drift gently into the Nativity with a few Ukrainian Christmas Carols performed by tenor Ivan Kozlovskiy and orchestra.
An appropriate piece for the Thanksgiving holiday. May you all have a wonderful one with family and friends by your side.
Dobri Dobrev is perhaps one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet. A Bulgarian Orthodox Christian, deaf from a bombing attack during World War II, he has become a living saint, showing the sort of humility that has gained him admirers even from the atheist world. Grandpa Dobri, as he is known to …