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Ode of Saint Andrew of Crete
First line:
My help and protector is my God, and I will proclaim his glory
composer
1981; also called the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete
author of text
from the Great Canon of Saint Andrew, translated by Sister Katherine and Mother Thekla

Recordings
'Tavener: Ikon of Light' (GIMSE404)
Tavener: Ikon of Light
MP3 £5.49FLAC £5.49ALAC £5.49Buy by post £6.75 GIMSE404  Gimell (budget price) NEW  
'Tavener: Sacred Music' (CDH55414)
Tavener: Sacred Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55414  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 10 on GIMSE404 [21'55] Gimell (budget price) NEW
Track 9 on CDH55414 [19'52] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ode of Saint Andrew of Crete
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Saint Andrew of Crete was born late in the seventh century. His Great Canon, one of the most remarkable spiritual texts of Orthodoxy and one of the most extraordinary poetic achievements of Greek literature, is appointed to be read in its entirety at the morning service of Thursday in the fifth week of Great Lent. Tavener sets only the first Ode of the Canon (a complex liturgical form in the Orthodox Rite), from which the length of the whole may be gauged. The composer has said that the music (written in 1981) was prompted by his feelings of penitence during Lent, which in the Orthodox Church is very austere. The piece is in essence a very slow chromatic descent—a musical prostration. It begins and ends with an irmos. In between are twenty-three troparia (elements, like the irmos, of hymnography proper to the Canon) sung by a single male voice. The choir responds to each troparion alternatively in English, Greek, and Slavonic, with the phrase ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, have mercy upon me’.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1991

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Details for CDH55414 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-46409
Duration
19'52
Recording date
13 July 1990
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Sayers
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Sacred Music (CDA66464)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 1991
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Superseded by CDH55414
  2. Tavener: Sacred Music (CDH55414)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: June 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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