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Kontakion of the departed

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So sviatymi upokoi
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In the Orthodox liturgy of matins, a kontakion is a one-stanza hymn which is generally followed by an ikos, that is, one or more further stanzas to a different chant melody. There are kontakions for all the major occasions of the church’s year. The Kontakion of the Departed is an appropriately sombre chant of the Kiev tradition, ‘modernized’ by a nineteenth-century harmonization. The music of the kontakion is in regular metre, the ikos is freer and more chant-like.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


Blessed spirit
COLCD127Download only


Track 2 on COLCD127 [3'21] Download only

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Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
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  1. Blessed spirit (COLCD127)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2000
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