The well-known Serbian chantor Divna Ljubojevic has a new CD out, “In Search for Divine Light”. When I was offered a copy in exchange for a review I quickly said yes as I have, like many of you no doubt, been moved by Divna’s beautiful voice on many occasions. In this CD Divna is joined by her ensemble, the Melodists; the recorded it at the Vavedenje Monastery in Belgrade. Her hauntingly beautiful voice gently invokes a peaceful, grace-filled environment. Similar to her other pieces of work, this CD brings liturgical hymns to life in a new way but does not detract from traditional Orthodox music to the point where you don’t recognize it.
Although one or two of the tracks are a little “too choral” for my liking, for instance in Track 8, Come Let us Bless Joseph of Everlasting Memory, I found the accompanying choir a tad overpowering. But, for the most part, the Melodists add to the beauty of the hymns, they do not detract from them. I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys Divna’s incredible voice, and the melodies of hymns that speak to the soul despite the language sounding foreign to some ears.
Below is a video featuring the track “Blessed is the Man”.