Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BULGARIA – BULGARIE
Celebration of the Feast of St. Ivan – Rila Monastery, Bulgaria –  Archiv Production 2533 487 – Recorded October 18-19, 1979 (LP)
Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Bulgarian traditional music musique bulgare traditionnelle традиционна българска музика polyphonies lithurgical

Saint Ivan, born in 876, pursued a life of Christian asceticism devoted to meditation, fasting and prayer. He performed many miracles to benefit people, attracting supplicants and even wild animals, which brought him an undesired fame (he even refused to meet the tsar to avoid the temptations of vanity and pride; the two men bowed to each other from a distance). Fleeing the attention, he sought refuge in a cave in the Rila mountains. With his disciples, who came to the mountains to receive his teachings, the hermit founded a monastery that stands today near his original cave.

This beautiful LP for the Celebration of the Feast of St. Ivan is sung by the monks of the Rila monastery, as the Eastern Church’s entirely vocal liturgy permits no instrumental accompaniment. Many pilgrims come to assist in the October 19 ceremony to celebrate the highly revered Saint.

Saint Ivan de Rila, né en 876, a mené une vie d'ascèse chrétienne consacrée à la méditation, au jeûne et à la prière. Il accomplit de nombreux miracles pour aider les personnes qui venaient à lui, et attirait aussi les animaux sauvages, comme les oiseaux qui se posaient sur sa main, ce qui lui valut une renommée qu’il fuyait (il refusa même de rencontrer le tsar pour éviter les tentations de vanité et d'orgueil, les deux hommes se contentant de se saluer de loin). Il trouva ainsi refuge dans une grotte dans les montagnes de Rila. Avec l'aide de ses disciples, qui venaient à la montagne pour recevoir ses enseignements, l'ermite fonda le monastère.

Ce superbe enregistrement du Service solennel pour la fête de Saint-Ivan est chanté par les moines du monastère de Rila, la liturgie exclusivement vocale de l'Église orientale ne permettant aucun accompagnement instrumental. De nombreux pèlerins viennent assister à la cérémonie du 19 octobre pour célébrer le Saint hautement vénéré par les Bulgares.


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6 comments:

  1. Je suis depuis le début votre blogue ...merci d'enrichir notre quotidien de votre culture musicale et de partager votre collection de disques...
    Armand

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  2. Wonderful!

    I always thought it as very open-minded for a western classical label (Archiv Music) specializing in pre-Mozart repertoire could also come up with occasional surprises such as this one (which I have seen or even heard of). Archiv Music also published a set of three Balinese gamelan LPs which I love listening to. The 1970s were in some ways the real "mother-lode" of world music releases before the media and audience began to name the music "World Music," actively seek it out, and go to concerts. There were people in the 1980s who would proudly proclaim at parties that they were "world music" fans. Seems almost impossible now that the fad has gone but the serious people are still collecting and listening.

    Thank you again!

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    1. World/Traditional music was also prestigious in France in the early 80s, with many great concerts of Indian masters, etc., and many magazines which included a world music category and graded the latest Ocora release... Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made a particularly strong impression here. People with cultural, religious or musical knowledge of non-European civilisations tended to be highly regarded.

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  3. Thank you! Spent a night at Rila Monastery once. Attended a service while there, of course. Magical. Woke up in the morning with the grounds dusted in snow.

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    1. That sounds like an amazing experience. Tell me is there a public space there with St. Ivan's remains ? I read they're very special for Bulgarians.

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  4. I was at this Monastery and the wonderful Seven Lake in the Rila Mountains too,but could not attend a service-Now i have the opportunity to hear some of the songs!Thanks very much!

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