Contemplative, spiritual music from an ancient Christian sect in Egypt (the “Copts”). There is not a lot of action here and the pieces are not very theatrical, but the music is relaxing and deeply meditative. Traditional chanting and cantillation are accompanied with minimal instrumentation; the chants themselves often sound like they’re emanating from a Middle Eastern mosque. Interesting to note how a minority community (i.e. the Copts) absorbed the traditional sounds of the region into their service, while retaining a distinct religious identity.
Track 1, Hiten Ni: Male choir, chanting. No instrumentation.
Track 2, Amen Ton Thananton: Male + female choir, no instrumentation. The liner notes describe this as a proclamation in Greek, sung to Egyptian music.
Track 3, Hos Erof: Clanker of bells and cymbals, Interleaved solo male vox and choir.
Track 4, Abo Oro: Similar to #3. About 10 mins long.
Track 5, Agios: Similar to #s3 and 4. Resonant, wailing male singer leads a predominantly male choir.
Track 6, O Nim Nai: Solo male vox. Brief choir interludes at 1:30, 2:40, 3:30. No instrumentation.
Track 7, Le Golgotha: Choir. “Slow, graceful processional chant” (liner notes). No instrumentation.
Track 8, Aripsalin: Clanker of bells and cymbals, male + female choir.
Track 9, E Agapi: Solo male vox till 2:30, then choir joins in. No instruments
Track 10, Ti epistoli: Solo male vox (wailing/chanting). No choir/instruments.
Track 11, Chenouda: Similar to #10.
Track 12, Ti epistoli: Similar to #s 10,11. Track goes silent after 4:44(??).