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Panikhida/Christmas Ikos (Kastalsky Chamber Choir)

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  • Composer: John Tavener, Ivan Moody
  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ikon
  • ASIN: B000L213U8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Panikhida - John Tavener
  2. Ikon of St. Cuthbert - John Tavener
  3. Christmas Ikos - Ivan Moody
  4. Canticle at the Parting of the Soul from the Body - Ivan Moody
  5. Apolytikion for st. Nicholas - John Tavener
  6. Funeral Ikos - John Tavener

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This sadly rather obscure release is a gem. The main piece is John Tavener's Panikhida - The Orthodox Office for the Dead, a liturgical work that is very beautiful and calming, sung, like the rest of the CD, a cappella. Supporting it are a rousing performance of Ikon of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne and Funeral Ikos. The album is rounded out by another rare (i.e. seldom recorded, like Panikhida) Tavener, Apolytikion for St Nicholas, and two superb pieces by Ivan Moody, who also conducts, with the exception of Funeral Ikos, which is conducted by John Tavener.

This was originally released in 1988 in a rather hissy (cassette only?) recording. This CD reissue has vastly improved sound, I'm relieved to report. Can Ikon Records please re-release this?

While on the subject of Ikon records, they also did (again, cassette only, I think) releases of Tavener's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and The Othodox Vigil Service. The Liturgy was released on CD in 2000, but so far no CD of the Vigil Service. Out of the 3 Ikon Tavener releases, I've always thought Panikhida was the best - it's certainly the least liturgical and therefore perhaps most appealing to listeners who aren't Orthodox.
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