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A recording made with the Aid to the Church In Need to help Christians who suffer persecution or oppression for their faith. The liturgical character of life at Lvivs Seminary of the Holy Spirit encourages the formation of cantor groups in each seminary class, and each of these in turn leads the liturgical singing in the seminarys chapel. These groups are composed of seminarians who have a good knowledge of the Church Typikon as well as of liturgical music. These groups are the bearers of the musical traditions of our seminary.
However, there has always been a need for a small seminary choir that would be able to perform Church music professionally and set the tone for the life of the seminary community. This group could also represent the seminary in artistic, cultural and religious circles. As a result, every few years, a group of fellow seminarians gathered for this very purpose, but they never formed a permanent choir.
There had long been the idea of creating a stable group; however, it was only in 2006 that it was brought to life. At this time the octet began its work in a new format and in October 2008 it took the name Theophoros (from the Greek God bearer). Its major task is to work on the best examples of liturgical music, which then come to life in the seminarys liturgical services.
The octets particular heritage is a combination of some famous and some unknown compositions of sacred music, which differ in character and genres. Most of these pieces have been included on this album.The octets membership is composed of seminarians from each seminary class.
This group owes its growth and development to the constant help and support of its artistic director, Sr Solomiya Teslya (Congregation of St Vincent), who contributes to the repertoire with her own compositions, arrangements and transpositions. The Theophoros Octet throughout its three years of activity has participated in various events, which have been significant not only for the seminary and the Church community, but have also enriched the civic culture and art of various cities, both in Ukraine and abroad.
|1||03:14||O Zealous Protectress! (Music: Petro Chesnokov; transposition for a male choir: H. Smirnova). Soloist – M. Struchynskyi|
|2||01:58||O my Jesus! (Music: Sr Maria Slepchenko)|
|3||02:54||Theotokos, to You (Music: Dmytro Bortnianskyi). Soloists – T. Ostrovskyi and V. Lesiv|
|4||02:37||God is with us! (Kyivan chant). Lector – N. Yaruniv|
|5||05:22||Shepherds were watching (Ed.: Andriy Hnatyshyn; transposition for a male choir: Sr Solomiya Teslya). Soloist – M. Struchynskyi|
|6||01:11||It is truly and right|
|7||01:30||The Good Thief (Svitylnyi of the Matins of the Passion)|
|8||04:31||Prayer to the Most Blessed Theotokos (Music: Evstaphiy Aziev)|
|9||02:25||O, merciful Mother! (Music: Rev Dmytriy Tuptalo)|
|10||04:18||Today He hangs on the tree (15th antiphon of the Matins of the Passion. Music: Rev Mitred Archpriest Kindrat Borys Diachuk)|
|11||02:46||Ascension Irmos (Ed.: Sr Solomiya Teslya). Soloists – I. Hobela, T. Ostrovskyi|
|12||01:59||‘Odiyaysia svitom’ (Clothe yourself with light) (10th antiphon of the Matins of the Passion. Music: Iryna Denysova)|
|13||02:42||Across the wide field (Ed.: Mykola Leontovych). Soloists – T. Ostrovskyi, I. Hobela|
|14||02:47||Bless the Lord this day (Music: Mykhayil Ipolytov – Ivanov)|
|15||02:00||Christ is risen! (Music: Alexander Tarasenko)|