The name was taken from the Orthodox practice of "starring" (in Greek, the Kalanda), or going from house to house singing carols, while carrying a staff, on which is a star surmounted with an icon of the Nativity. As you might suppose, the majority of carols are from the Eastern European countries.
Its not always possible to determine the place of origin of a carol, nor is it important. Carols recognize no borders! But then, neither does Christ. Still, certain countries lay reasonable claim to the origin of these carols, and, where possible, they are indicated below. We would like to thank those who helped us make these determinations--or educated guesses, in some cases!
Most of the carols are played on the Kurzweil synthesizers. However, there is a Pastorale, based upon a Hungarian carol, arranged for piano by Ernst von Dohnanyi. It describes the angels visit to the shepherds, and their excited response, and the quiet after the journey to Bethlehem. This piece has especially fond memories for me, and I hope you enjoy it.
Besides the instrumental numbers, there are three Christmas selections sung by Dana, who did hours and days of work producing this CD, and one carol by a childrens choir in Albania. It is from an enchanting videotape produced by the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese, given to Jonathan by Archbishop ANASTASIOS, describing the amazing resurgence of the Orthodox Church in Albania. It is our prayer that those countries which have suffered so much of late, particularly Serbia and Albania, will be given an especially meaningful and peaceful Nativity.
GOD ETERNAL, TODAY THE VIRGIN/THY NATIVITY, LO HOW A ROSE, O COME O COME, OUR FOREFATHERS, THY NATIVITY, VIRGIN'S SLUMBER SONG, AT THE GATES, THREE GOOD WISE MEN, O COME LITTLE CHILDREN, IN THE QUIET NIGHT, WE MAGNIFY THEE, IWONDER AS I WANDER , DOHNANYI PASTORALE, A MESSAGE CAME TO A MAIDEN YOUNG, CAROL OF THE HAY, IN BETHLEHEM, CHRIST IS BORN, THEOTOKOS REJOICE, O HOLY NIGHT
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