A New Joy - Orthodox Christmas (2006)

Anonymous, Kastalsky, Izvekov, Tchaikovsky, Stetsenko, Leontovych, Yatsynevych, Barvinskyi, Part, Kedrov

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier

The feast of Christmas in the Orthodox Church is properly known as “The Nativity in the flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.” For at least the first four centuries in the history of the Christian Church, it was not a separate celebration on December 25: rather, it was part of the feast of Theophany, literally, the “manifestation of God,” which at once commemorated the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and his initial appearance to the world already as an adult, when he was baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River. This revelation of God as the Holy Trinity – (1) the voice of the Father, (2) the physical presence of the Son, and (3) the Holy Spirit, who descended “in the form of a dove,” – was, for a while, the greatest Christian celebration next to the feast of Christ’s Resurrection, known as the Holy Pascha. Eventually, the Feast of the Nativity was instituted by the Church as a distinct observance on December 25 in the fourth century a.d. to offset the pagan holidays of the Saturnalia, the winter solstice, and the festival of the Invincible Sun (Sol invictus), all of which were celebrated around that day.

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tõnu Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 as a professional successor to his father Heino Kaljuste's amateur chamber choir Ellerhein. The younger Kaljuste nurtured the ensemble as its principal conductor and artistic director for 20 years, focusing the group's programs and recordings on music by Estonian composers, primarily Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, although its full repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and gems of the Baroque and Classical periods to contemporary compositions. The EPCC won the top prize at the 1991 Takarazuka Chamber Choir Competition in Japan and received its first Grammy nomination two years later for Te Deum. Under Paul Hillier (2001-2007), the ensemble's reputation grew more widely, even as he expanded its repertoire. Under his direction, it produced a highly praised series of recordings entitled Baltic Voices and won a Grammy in 2006 for Da Pacem. It performs and records with the world's leading conductors and orchestras and has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Daniel Reuss became the EPCC's chief conductor and artistic director. Their first recording together was of Frank Martin's oratorio Golgotha, released in 2010.

Paul Hillier

His musical interests range from medieval to contemporary music and include singing, conducting, and writing. In 1990, after many years as Music Director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he founded the Theatre of Voices and began his series of acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi usa. From 1996 to 2003, Hillier was Director

of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September, 2001 he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, with which he launched
a cycle of recordings exploring the choral tradition of the Baltic Sea countries. Baltic Voices 1 and Baltic Voices 2 met with unanimous praise and each won Hillier a Grammy® nomination.The Powers of Heaven, a much-admired pro- gram of Russian Orthodox sacred music, was followed by Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and, most recently, by Baltic Voices 3. In 2004 Paul Hillier was awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize.

In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor in Music
at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2003 accepted the post of Chief Conductor of Vocal Group Ars Nova (Copenhagen). Hillier is the author of a monograph “Arvo Pa?rt” (1997) and editor of “The Collected Writings of Steve Reich” (2002), both published by Oxford University Press. His latest project is a book about consort singing.

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A New Joy - Orthodox Christmas (2006)

Anonymous, Kastalsky, Izvekov, Tchaikovsky, Stetsenko, Leontovych, Yatsynevych, Barvinskyi, Part, Kedrov

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

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Recording location: Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia
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Bell-ringing at St. Alexander Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia
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Our Father - Otche nash
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Rejoice, O Virgin
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Verses before the Six Psalms No. 2
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Shepherds of Bethlehem
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Oh, What a Wonder!
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Today the Virgin Gives Birth
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Verses before the Six Psalms No. 1
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The Angels Exclaimed
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A New Joy
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Bells Rang Early In Jerusalem
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When Augustus Ruled Alone upon Earth
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A Song of Good Cheer
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Throughout the World
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The Legend
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Christ is born -Bells. Ode 1
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Christ is born -Ode 3
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Christ is born -Ode 4
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Christ is born -Ode 5
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Christ is born -Ode 6
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Christ is born -Ode 7
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Christ is born -Ode 8
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Christ is born -Refrain before Ode 9
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Christ is born -Ode 9
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God Is With Us
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Blessed Is the Man
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