The first commercial CD of chants from the liturgy of the Syro Malabar Church

Qambel Māran

Syriac Chants from South India

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"Capturing the sounds of these melodies at this juncture is an imperative because, more than music, they are an integral part of the history of a people, linguistic soundscape of a region, and musical map of a country. Moreover, the performers are crucial witnesses to a transnational tradition that is in rapid transition."-- Joseph J. Palackal

 

CMSI Ref. No. CMSI-AL-SC-001
Title Qambel Māran | Syriac Chants from South India
Category Music Sound Recording
1 Sound Disc (Compact Disc) ; digital ; 4 3/4 in.
16-page booklet in English with map, 7 photographs, and bibliography.
Research, recording and liner notes Joseph J. Palackal
Publication

PAN Records (Netherlands). (PAN 2085)
First Edition: 2002 Album Photos (Front Cover, Back Cover and CD)
Reprint: 2009

Indian Edition: LRC-No. 22 (July 2013)
Published by Liturgical Research Centre (LRC) of the Syro-Malabar Church
Fr. Peter Kannampuzha, Director
Mount St. Thomas, P.B. No. 3110
Kakkanad P.O., Kochi 682 030 ookl
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New CD Booklet (New Edition)
Album Photos (Front Cover, Back Cover, CD, Booklet front and back)
Release Function | Press Clipping 1 | Press Clipping 2

Item Description Chants in Syriac (Aramaic) from the Chaldean liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church of the St. Thomas Christians. Includes chants from the liturgy of the Hours, Raza, funeral services, Syriac translation of Latin chants by St.Thomas Aquinas, and chants for special occasions such as wedding and celebration of the feast of the Blessed Virgin and saints.

Performers include Fr.Abel Periyappuram, C.M.I. (1920-2001), Fr. Probus Perumalil, C.M.I., et al.
Recorded in Kerala, South India, in 1999 and 2000.
Recorded and annotated by Joseph J. Palackal.
Total time 66:00

Tracks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10-14, 18, 20-22, 24, 25, 29 recorded at the chapel of St.Joseph's Monastery, Mannanam, Kerala, India, on August 27, 1999 with a Philips cassette recording deck connected to an Ahuja Studio Master Mixer and six Ahuja (SM 580) microphones. The other chants were recorded at a moderately equipped recording studio of the Christian Arts and Communication (CAC), Ernakulam, India, on August 23, 2000.
Additional Details Liner notes and photography - Joseph J. Palackal
Digital editing - Martin Joseph at Martin's Digital in Queens, New York
Digital mastering - Joop Wesselius
Editing and design - Rein Spoorman
Executive producer - Bernard Kleikamp
Chant Text English transliteration and translation of the Syriac text
Library Catalogs OCLC World Cat : 3A729541980

Library of Congress Catalog : 2011620173
[Note: You can view the Library Of Congress entry for Qambel Maran by either clicking on the link above or by going to http://lccn.loc.gov/2011620173. You can also go to http://www.loc.gov and search for the catalog number 2011620173 on their website]

Harvard University Library Hollis Catalog : 009890363

British Library Catalog : 1CD0223680

New York Public Library Catalog : 16186674052
Reviews "This CD and its accompanying booklet constitute a signal contribution to the scanty literature on Kerala Christian music"
- Rolf Groesbeck (University of Arkansas-Little Rock) : Ethnomusicology, vol. 48, no.1 (Winter 2004), pp.145-147. PDF

"This recording makes an important contribution to the documentation of South Asian religious music and of Christian chant traditions."
- D. Richard Widdess (SOAS, University of London): Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 37 (2005), pp. 184-185.

"Palackal has accomplished a magnificent work of preserving a great tradition that is being lost."
- Kurian Perumpillikkunnel (Dharmaram Vidyakshethram, Bangalore): Carmela Sandesham, no. 188 (June 2004), pp. 73-78.

Johnson Palakkappillil: Journal of Dharma, vol. 30, no. 1 (Jan-Mar 2005), pp. 140-142.

"This important collection reflects the history of multicultural Christianity in Kerala and should be of significant appeal to those interested in early Christian music, Middle Eastern and Orthodox sects (particularly pre-maqam practices), as well as those wanting to diversify their collections of music from India."
- Zoe C. Sherinian (University of Oklahoma): Asian Music, vol. 37, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2006), pp. 158-161. See the opening page of the review here; full review available through JSTOR

Paulachan Kochappilly: Christian Orient, vol. 27, no. 2 (2006), pp. 82-83. Katherine Morehouse: The Harp, vol. 23 (2008), pp. 414-416. M. Thomas Antony: Qambel Maran- Syriac chants from South India- a review and liturgical music tradition of Syriac Christians revisited (2008)
Comments
"The chants in this CD contain a theology of the Syro Malabar Church." Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt: Video

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal speaks on the occasion of the release of the Indian edition (Liturgical Research Centre, St. Thomas Mount, Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala): Video

"Palackal has demystified the craft and content of liturgical practices of Syrian Christian music." V. Kaladharan. The Hindu Daily. November 3, 2006. PDF

Letter from Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil

Letter from Bishop Mar Bawai Soro

Letter from Bishop Gratian Mundadan C.M.I.

Letter from Dr.Alison Arnold

Kudumba Deepam Publication

 

 

Track Details

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Track # Track Title Duration (MM:SS) Category Artist(s)
1 Awūn d'waśmayyā [Our Father in heaven] 2:26 Liturgy of the Hours Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. (celebrant) & Lonappan Arackal.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
Harmonium: Joseph M. Olikkal. Triangle: Lonappan Arackal
2 Hallel hallel [Praise, praise] 2:27 Liturgy of the Hours Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Sylvester Puthussery C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
3 Iśo māran m'śihā [Lord Jesus Christ] 2:51 Liturgy of the Hours Incipit: Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
4 Mārya kolhōn hāwbai [Lord, all my faults] 1:41 valign="top"Liturgy of the Hours Incipit: Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
5 B'endān saprā [In the morning] 2:04 Liturgy of the Hours Incipit: Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
6 Esthappānōs [St. Stephen] 1:14 Liturgy of the Hours Incipit: Fr. James Aerthayil C.M.I. & Fr. Sylvester Puthussery C.M.I.
7 Brīk hannānā¯ [Blessed is the merciful one] 1:10 Liturgy of the Hours Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
8 Etpan al slōţā [Turn to the prayer] 1:18 Liturgy of the Hours Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
valign="top"9 Tāw n'yaqar [Come, let us honor] 1:33 Liturgy of the Hours Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
10 Slīwā dahwā lan [The Cross that became for us] 1:32 Raza Fr. John Kachiramattom C.M.I., Lonappan Arackal & The Syriac choir of St. John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam.
Harmonium: Joseph M. Olikkal. Triangle: Lonappan Arackal. Drum: Laiju Chacko Kalathiveettil
11 O dezdamman īnja [O you who are invited] 1:32 Raza Fr. Abel Periyappuram C.M.I. & Lonappan Arackal.
Triangle: Lonappan Arackal
12 K'ţāwā rambā [The great book] 1:28 Raza Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Sylvester Puthussery C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
13 valign="top"Ślām lēk maryam [Hail Mary] 2:51 Raza Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
14 Qambel māran [Accept, O Lord] 4:52 Services for the Dead Fr. Abel Periyappuram C.M.I. (celebrant)
15 Lā tekre lāk [Do not be sorry] 2:00 Services for the Dead Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
16 Laikā ēzal min ruhāk [Where flee from your Spirit?] 2:15 Services for the Dead Incipit: Fr. James Aerthayil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
17 B'had min yawmīn [On one of the days] 1:22 Services for the Dead Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. (celebrant)
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
18 Ēttā pū, lēk [Farewell, O church] 2:19 Services for the Dead Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I.
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
19 Quryēlaisōn [Lord, have mercy] 4:40 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants Paily Vathappallil (lead singer), Joseph Pathiamoola & The Syriac choir of St.Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram, Cherthala.
Violin: Ouseph Vathappallil. Harmonium: Paily Vathappallil. Triangle: Joy Paul Vathappallil. Drum: Jose Paul Vathappallil.
20 Hā qes slīwā [Behold the wood of the Cross] 2:02 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants Fr. Augustus Thekkanath C.M.I. (celebrant) & Lonappan Arackal (deacon).
Triangle: Lonappan Arackal
21 Śanbah leśān [Praise, my tongue] 1:51 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants The Syriac Choir of St.John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam
22 Kollan daśnē [Let us all offer; Syriac of `Pange lingua' by St. Thomas Aquinas] 3:17 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants Fr. Probus Perumalil C.M.I. (celebrant) & The Syriac choir of St. John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam
Fr. Aiden Kulathinal C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mutttah C.M.I., Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil C.M.I., Fr. Liberius Ozhukathanam C.M.I. & Fr. Henry Suso Padiyara C.M.I.
23 Tā lāk ruhā [Come O Spirit] 2:46 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants Fr. James Aerthayil C.M.I. & Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I.
24 Ślām lēk [Hail to you Mary] 1:53 Syriac Translation of Latin Chants Fr. Alexander Koolipurackal C.M.I., Fr. Augustus Thekkanath C.M.I. & The Syriac choir of St. John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam
25 Bar maryam [Son of Mary] 2:58 Chants for Special Occasions Dr.Jacob Velliyan, Sr.Dennis Velliyan, Dennis Vattamthotty & The Syriac choir of St. John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam
26 Lāk mār yāwsep [You, St. Joseph] 2:02 Chants for Special Occasions The Syriac choir of St.Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram, Cherthala
27 Śanbah l'māryā [Praise the Lord] 1:52 Chants for Special Occasions The Syriac choir of St.Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram, Cherthala
28 Hadmin īrē [One from the angels] 1:07 Chants for Special Occasions The Syriac choir of St.Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram, Cherthala
29 B'éda d'yāwmān [On this festival day] 2:18 Chants for Special Occasions Joseph J. Palackal & The Syriac choir of St. John's Church, Konthuruthy, Ernakulam
 
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