Ivan Moody: The Akáthistos Hymn


Album Details

EAN/UPC: 746839858930
Catalog No: CR-418
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Liner Notes

The Akáthistos Hymn to the Virgin Mary, set by Ivan Moody. This lyrical masterpiece in 24 stanzas has been treasured for nearly 1,500 years by Eastern Christians. Father Moody’s 1998 setting, composed specially for the ensemble, weaves beloved Greek melodies into Russian choral textures as it progresses from reverent contemplation to ecstatic transcendence.

This second 2018 edition of Cappella Romana’s original release features updated essays and biographies of the artists. With full texts in English and translations for lyrics in Greek and Slavonic.

    Disc One

  1. First Koukoulion (original prologue)
  2. Second Koukoulion
  3. First Stasis

  4. Ikos One (Original Prologue)
  5. Ikos Two
  6. Ikos Three
  7. Ikos Four
  8. Ikos Five
  9. Ikos Six
  10. Second Stasis

  11. Ikos Seven
  12. Ikos Eight
  13. Ikos Nine
  14. Ikos Ten
  15. Ikos Eleven
  16. Ikos Twelve
  17. Disc Two

    Third Stasis

  18. Ikos Thirteen
  19. Ikos Fourteen
  20. Ikos Fifteen
  21. Ikos Sixteen
  22. Ikos Seventeen
  23. Ikos Eighteen
  24. Fourth Stasis

  25. Ikos Nineteen
  26. Ikos Twenty
  27. Ikos Twenty-one
  28. Ikos Twenty-two
  29. Ikos Twenty-three
  30. Ikos Twenty-four
  31. Koukoulion

  32. Second Koukoulion (again)
  33. O Tebe raduetsya / О Тебе радуется


As if 96 gorgeous minutes of the Akáthistos Hymn were not value for money, the album is rounded off with a shimmering performance of O Tebe Raduetsya, Moody’s 1990 setting of another hymn to the Virgin, this time from the Russian Orthodox tradition ” –B. Witherden