Album: Byzantine Chants from the Byzantine Liturgy
Group: Ensemble Theodore Vassilikos
I chose to start this series of reviews with a recording by the renowned Greek Chanter Theodore Vassilikos as a tribute to this amazing man. One of my first experiences with Byzantine Chant as a youth so enthusiastic to learn the art of Byzantine Chant was listening to tapes of Theodore Vassilikos. A friend from school lent me a few tapes to copy and they included tapes from the Holly Week, Easter, St. John Mass, and other recordings by Vassilikos. This was back in 1990 and it was my first introduction to true Byzantine Chant. Until today, I still have a special appreciation for Vassilikos and his unique style.
Translation of Above Chant Text:
My soul yearns for thee in the night, for thy commandments are a light in the earth. Alleluia
Behold the bridegroom comes at midnight: blessed is the servant whom he shall find awake. But he whom he shall find neglectful is verily unworthy. Beware, therefore, O my soul, that you do not fall into a deep slumber and be delivered to death and locked out of the kingdom. Watch instead and cry aloud: Holy, holy, holy art thou, O God, through the protection of the heavenly Hosts, have mercy on us
— Jack Rabah