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Corul Madrigal & Florina Maris Hinsu – Tatal Nostru (Our Father)

Corul Madrigal & Florina Maris Hinsu – Tatal Nostru

Angela Gheorghiu / Sacred Romanian Orthodox Church Song

When I publish this video it’s Good Friday 2008, I guess that’s why I turned my attention to this peaceful music, full of mysterious beauty. 
Famous Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, the Romanian National Chamber Choir “Madrigal” and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ion Marin, perform the sacred prayer song ‘Priveghiati si va rugati’ (‘Watch and pray’), a gem from the Romanian Orthodox Church music repertory. The composer is Gheorge Popescu-Branesti.

here are the lines:
priveghiati si va rugati (watch and pray)
ca sa nu cadeti in ispita (that ye enter not into temptation)
sufletul este zelos (the spirit indeed is willing)
iara trupul neputincios (but the flesh is weak)

The recording is from Angela Gheorghiu’s album ‘Mysterium – Sacred Arias’ (2001), that I highly recommend. Buy it and hear more of this great music!

from the liner notes (by Alexander Gerdanovits):
“This music (..) has over the years taken on a deeply spiritual quality for Angela Gheorghiu. Its profound significance had already revealed itself to her in her Romanian childhood home of Adjud, where she and her sister Nina would sing it together. (..) these songs possess great emotional, almost ineffable power for the singer. They evoke for her the mystical aura of Orthodox churches, dominated by incense and candlelight, and the spiritual intimacy of Moldavian monasteries in Northern Romania. Continue reading

Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889): Somnoroase Pasarele


This the resting place of the greatest Romanian poet, Mihai Eminescu (1850_-1889): Follow the link if you wish to leave a flower at his headstone.

During his life he has mastered the art of romanticism and wrote poetry of historic value to Romanians: ballads, sonnets, and evocative poems. His work became lyrics to some of the most beautiful compositions, such as “Drowsy Birds” music for choir. The “Madrigal Choir” makes the best of both the beautiful lyrics and the music:

Noapte Buna, Prieteni.