Gundars Dziļums (Baritone), Agate Burkina (Soprano), Armen Badalyan (Tenor), Hovhannes Nersesyan (Bass), Kārlis Rūtentāls (Tenor), Jānis Kurševs (Tenor)
Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava (Conductor)
Contents Vardapet: Divine Liturgy (Arr. V. Sharafyan for Mixed Choir) Hymn of Vesting Chosen of God With Your Virgin Mother’s Intercession Annunciation of the Procession Entrance Hymn Holy God Pray for Peace Glory to You, God The Body of the Lord Who Is Lord, Our God Again in Peace Let Us Beseech the Lord Christ Among Us Let Us Stand in Awe Sanctus Heavenly Father O Lord, You Are in All Things Blessed Son of God Spirit of God Be Mindful, Lord, and Have Mercy From All and for All And the Mercy, Amen The Lord’s Prayer The Holy One Amen, Holy Is the Father Lord, Have Mercy Christ Is Sacrificed We Have Been Filled with Your Good Things We Give Thanks to You Pray in the Church and Bless the Name of the Lord I Will Bless the Lord at All Times Pontifical Wishes
A wonderful “concert version” of the revered Komitas Divine Liturgy! Here the great Komitas work is transformed into a “concert mass” in the first-ever recording of this appealing mixed choir version. This version was beautifully arranged and edited by the brilliant Armenian composer Vache Sharafyan. In his arrangement, the added colors of female voices increase the beauty of the work. This version is also “concert length,” which means that it is appropriately shorter — and more accessible — than the original. The Latvian Radio Choir, under its remarkable conductor Sigvards Klava, is a unique, award-winning ensemble called “One of the world’s greatest choirs” by The Advertiser and “A great musical power” by the Washington Post. The accompanying booklet offers much interesting commentary, Komitas’ own autobiography, Armenian texts and transliterations, and translations into English.