By Nick Stamatakis
The direct connection between ecclesiastical Byzantine music and Greek folk literature and music has been analyzed in-depth by many. Even more interesting is the endless inspiration it provided for modern artistic performances. If there is one day in the calendar year that can be identified as such a unique source of inspiration, this is the dramatic unfolding of Good Friday, the most central day of our Faith. Words cannot describe the magnitude of this phenomenon – better let the music explain it…
We start with a beautiful formal performance of the Lamentations/ “Εγκώμια” sung by a chorus of monks from the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Nafpaktos, Greece.
Oh, my Sweet Lord – Ω, γλυκύ μου Εαρ. By Irene Pappas and Vangelis Papathanasiou
Oh, my Sweet Lord – Ω, γλυκύ μου Εαρ. By Stamatis Spanoudakis