Mariana Anghel, the Romanian singer who made the ‘pricesne’ well-known worldwide

Mariana Anghel, the Romanian singer who made the ‘pricesne’ well-known worldwide

The Romanian folk singer Mariana Anghel is unique in her way because she is the one who has made the ‘pricesne’, a hymnography that is sung at the end of the holy liturgy well-known all around the world.

In an interview with AGERPRES, she explains the way she preaches these special hymns for seven years now, in national and international tours, called ” Christ is risen!”

Together with Ionut Fulea and Dorel Visan she manages to ring a bell in the Romanians’ consciousness wherever they are.

For her talent and abnegation, Mariana Anghel has been awarded the Order ‘Saint Hierarch Andrew, Metropolitan of Transylvania’.

In the past years, Mariana Anghel has created a music trend. Therefore, the ‘pricesne’ have departed from the churches of Ardeal to the ones in southern Oltenia and eastern Moldova and are now sung by folk singers and students and graduates of the Theology Schools and in religious worship places, and also on the world’s scenes.

She says that Romanians shouldn’t forget that ‘home’ is where their soul is, where God is holding them and comforting them when they are in need.

Mariana Anghel says that the ‘pricesne’ are part of the peoples’ creation of the Transylvanian villages, a creation that subsequently was accepted and introduced by the clergy at the end of the Sunday’s Liturgy. ‘Priceasna’ is a religious work, made by the cantor and the village’s ingabitants. It has a broad thematic.

“I managed to piece together these songs to father a story, from the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem to the Ressurection. Some ‘pricesne’ are like parables, a sermon that is sung.

She says she had picked ‘pricesne’ from her native area, in western Hunedoara.

Years ago, the “Army of God” band appeared. They were singing the ‘pricesne’. And so she hit the road with actor Dorel Visan, with Petrisor Varga, the conductor of a chamber choir they have kept all these years, because he came with a very special orchestra. It is him who has dressed this hymns in robes and made them accessible.

“We had some vocal groups and for a few years we have remained with the Anghelos group, conducted by Traian Stoita, which is absolutely angelical.When they sing, time simply stops,” says Anghel. More…