Choir of the Brotherhood of the Valaam Friary
Valaam friary is located on the islands of the Valaam archipelago on Lake Ladoga in Karelia.
The archipelago is the central island of Valaamand about 50 small islands, some of which are connected with Valaam by bridges. The ensemble of the Valaam friary is located on the island of Valaam. Several other monasteries are located on the surrounding islands.
Topsoil in some areas of the island is only about 10 centimeters. Hardworking monks dried wetlands, fertilized the soil, added more soil that they brought by boat from the mainland. Given the fact that on the island in the summer there are several weeks more of sunshine compared to the mainland, and also considering a polar day, the island delighted the monks with abundant harvests.
The monastery has always been known for its strict statute.
The brotherhood of Valaam friary, when performing Russian liturgical singing, focuses on preservation of Russian form of performing and Orthodox spirit.
1 Song 1 (Greek chant)
2 Antiphon I (Valaam chant)
3 Jesus Prayer (Znamenny chant)
For many centuries, bell ringing accompanied with its music life in Russia. Bell ringing determined the course of days: when to get up, when to go to sleep, when to work, when to relax.
Bell ringing was a symbol of holidays, major life events – birthdays, weddings, funerals.
Bells informed people about dangers: fire, enemy attacks, and natural disasters.
Bells greeted important guests.
Bells rang in honor of victories.
Bells gathered people at squaresto announceimportant events.
Bell ringing is a real people’s art.
Bell ringers passed on their art from one generation to another. Talented bell ringers that created something new were appreciated and … persecuted, because it was believed that bell-ringing that was too beautiful was distracting.
Bell ringing drives away evil forces.
Even everyday bell-ringing at the hands of a master turns into a real work of art.
Valaam. Bell-ringing in the bell tower of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior for Sunday all-night mess. Monk Nikon
Choir of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra
Trinity-Sergius Lavra is the largest Russian Orthodox friary located near Moscow.
The monastery played an important role in the life of Russia during the Middle Ages.
In 1609, Trinity-Sergius Lavra received a piece of land in Moscow, on which stood Podvorie.
From 1815 to 1923 Podvorie was a permanent residence of Moscow metropolitans.
The choir’s repertoire consists of religious works of different styles of Russian church singing. During messes at Holy Trinity Church famous znamenny chant is performed.
The choir performs works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Kastalsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers.
Concert Choir of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra. Sacred songs