The latest recording by Divna and the Melodi Choir is a selection of hymns from the festal cycle of the Nativity. This recording has the pure and intimate feeling of a small choir and is a perfect fit for Christmas. In addition to the festal hymns, the album features two carols.
Divna is recognized as one of the finest female chanters alive, and one who has worked diligently to help the world rediscover the beauty of Orthodox chant. To that end she founded the Melodi Choir to create a small ensemble to work closely with her in presenting this traditional chant in a variety of Orthodox musical forms. She has been described by Lycourgos Angelopoulos as having one of the purest voices he ever heard, and that vocal quality is evident in every hymn on this recording. The presentation of the Kontakion of the Nativity in three different forms (two Byzantine, one Valaam chant) adds another wonderful dimensionto this altogether stunning recording!
Divna Ljubojevic was born in Belgrade in 1970. She studied at the Mokranjac Musical School and graduated from the Novi Sad Musical Academy. She practiced religious singing with the choir of Vavedenje monastery, where she was trained by the Sisters who held her to the unique style derived from Karlovatz singing, and faithfully cherished traditional Russian singing. In 1991 she created The Melodi Choir, composed of 10 singers. The repertoire focuses on works belonging to Orthodox sacred music, from the oldest monadic or polyphonic Byzantine, Serbian, Bulgarian and Russian pieces, to contemporary works. Divna won many awards as a teacher during musical school competitions.
1. KONTAKION ON THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST 2. STICHERON 3. GOD IS WITH US 4. O YULELOG, O, YULELOG! 5. PROKIMENON 6. PHOTAGOGIKON 7. POLYELEOS 8. KONTAKION 9. PROKIMENON FOR THE EPISTLE 10. AT THE LITTLE ENTRANCE 11. TROPARION 12. KONTAKION 13. COMMUNION HYMN 14. SESSIONAL HYMN 15. ALL YE NATIONS CLAP YOUR HANDS!