Arctic Light: Finnish Orthodox Music
This sumptuous collection of choral works from the Orthodox Church of Finland was first performed by Cappella Romana to sold-out audiences in 2007. The choir was directed by one of the world s foremost experts in the repertoire, Rev. Dr. Ivan Moody, a composer, Orthodox priest, and professor of Orthodox Church Music at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu.
This recording of Finnish Orthodox Music crosses boundaries of time and geography.
While Orthodoxy was the earliest form of Christianity to reach Finland, its music was initially drawn from the rich Slavic tradition, subsequently adapted into the Finnish language.
This recording by Cappella Romana features original works composed in Finnish in the 20th century that draw upon the Finnish choral tradition, marrying a shining Northern clarity of sound with a sonic richness clearly linked to the traditions of Russian choral singing.
- Ivan Moody, guest director
- Cherubic Hymn No. 3 – Pekka Attinen
- Evening Hymn – Boris Jakubov
- Kontakion “With the Saints give rest, O Christ” – Pekka Attinen
- Pachal Ikos – Leonid Bashmakov
- Paschal Exaposteilarion – Leonid Bashmakov
- Psalm 103, beginning Vespers – Timo Ruottinen
- O you Apostles… – Ivan Moody
- Trisagion – Timo Ruottinen
- Cherubic Hymn No. 4 – Mikko Sidoroff
- Four Hymns for the Dormition of the Mother of God – Peter Mirolybov
- First Sticheron