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    Orthodox Hymns of Christmas as sung by the St Vladimir's Seminary Liturgical Chorale (Mixed Choir). In English. TRACK LISTING: 1. O House of Ephratha (Valaam Chant)2. Lord I call..., What shall we offer..., When Augustus ruled...3. God is with Us (Znamenny chant)4. Festal Troparion - Thy Nativity O Christ Our God (Serbian)5. Festal Kontakion - Today the virgin gives birth (Kastal'sky)6. Prayer of St. Symeon (Kastal'sky)7. Praise the Name of the Lord (Znamenny, A. Chesnokov)8. The Magnification (Bakhmetev), Ps 66:19. From My Youth (Ledkovsky)10. Festal Prokeimenon11. Glory to God in the Highest (Ledovsky)12. The Nativity Kanon: Odes 1, 3, and 6 (Allemanov)13. Hymn to the Theotokos--Magnify O My Soul (Romanian)14. Festal Kontakion - Today the Virgin Gives Birth [in Slavonic]15. Colinda (in Romanian, a carol)16. Heaven and Earth [in Russian]17. Christ is Born Today [in Greek]
  • This recording presents a number of examples of traditional Orthodox chant, primarily from the Russian tradition, in various styles and arrangements. Featured prominently on the recording is the Russian style of chant known as Znamenny chant, which, despite three centuries of Western influence, the Russian church continued to recognize as the principal form of "canonical singing" all the way up to the Revolution. In recent decades, chant has experienced a significant revival all over the Orthodox world, both in the "old country" and the new, and this present recording from St. Tikhon's Mission Choir is but one humble attempt to make these beautiful, uplifting, and transcendent melodies a little better known to English speakers.
  • The music on this recording is entirely based on arrangements of traditional Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical chant. Many of the melodies recorded here will be familiar to our listeners, but some of them - especially the settings by S.V. Smolensky - may be new to many people. In 1904, Stepan Vasilievich Smolensky (1848-1909), a distinguished Russian musicologist and director of the Moscow Synodal School, published a setting of the Panikhida (Memorial Service) for male choir in honor of the tenth anniversary of the repose of Tsar Alexander III. Smolensky based his new arrangements on melodies that were the fruit of his meticulous research into ancient Russian chant, applying to them the modal, and distinctly Russian, harmonic idiom of the late nineteenth century Synodal School composers. The result is an exceedingly beautiful and rich body of hymns for the Panikhida that, to our knowledge, has never before been recorded in English. Clearly, Smolensky's settings deserve to be better known, and it is our sincere hope that his music - along with all the music on this recording - find a place in the repertoire of American church choirs. With God's help, printed sheet music of all the settings here, arranged both for male and mixed choir, will be available through St. Tikhon's Monastery Press in the near future. -Benedict Sheehan, conductor
  • Till Morn Eternal Breaks
    The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery is an all-professional ensemble, made up of some of the finest singers in the New York area and around the country. Working together with the Monastery’s resident music director, conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan, the Chamber Choir recorded its debut album of newly composed and arranged sacred music in the Orthodox tradition. Till Morn Eternal Breaks includes world-premiere recordings of some of Sheehan’s liturgical works, as well as a world-premiere recording of his Triduum Paschalae, a work for mixed chorus and soloists based on medieval English poetry and texts by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
  • St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press is thrilled to announce the release of a new recording of the Divine Liturgy! The forces of St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir and St. Tikhon’s Monastery Church Choir come together to form a twenty-voice mixed ensemble under the direction of Benedict Sheehan. Recorded live in the rich acoustical space of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, Pennsylvania, this new recording offers listeners an uplifting experience of a real Divine Liturgy sung in English by a community that dedicates itself daily to liturgical beauty. The music draws on the standard repertoire of St. Tikhon’s Monastery Church today, and includes well-known favorites from the Russian tradition as well as music never before recorded.

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  • The complete hymns of Pascha, sung by the St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Male Choir and conducted by David Drillock.  
  • The week-long gathering at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary that took place from June 25-29, 2012 was aptly termed a “master class” on the topic of “Interpreting Orthodox Sacred Music.” The task set before the twenty-nine singers and five student conductors, was to master nearly 250 pages of music for All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy, bound in voluminous choral folders. The results achieved within a period of three-and-a-half days of intense and demanding rehearsals would be termed by many participants, a “mountain-top” experience. The fruits of these labors are documented in this recording, comprised of highlights from the All-Night Vigil on the eve of the feast of Sts Peter and Paul (sung on June 28). The examples of Orthodox liturgical music featured here employ a variety of textures and exhibit many levels of complexity, exemplifying many of the different styles of choral music and chant found in the Church today. Espe-cially valuable is the fact that these selections are sung live in the context of the actual worship service; one can easily hear the serving clergy, the movement of children, the impromptu participation by the congregation, and how the Master Class Chorus remains focused on prayer in the midst of these surroundings, thus fulfilling their role as a liturgical choir. It is hoped that this recording will be the first of many under Vladimir Gorbik’s direction, demonstrating how to interpret the vast choral repertoire of the Orthodox Church in a manner that is musically polished, emotionally engaged, and, at the same time, liturgically appropriate. Nicholas Reeves, D.M.A. Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music
  • This recording by the 1983 St Vladimir"s Seminary Octet features hymns sung in English to the incarnate and risen Lord, selected from the services of the Orthodox Church. The chants and melodies are representative of the rich tradition of Orthodox liturgical music and include Byzantine and Russian chants, compositions, several of which have been done by students at the Seminary. Christ has come and had inaugurated a new time and a new life which are eternal. It is Christ, the Messiah, the Light of the World, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords who comes to "dwell among us." "God is with us" and heaven and earth are united! Life in its fullness is restored by the Coming of the One who is Himself Life. The members of St Vladimir"s Seminary Octet, which traveled throughout the United State and Canada during the summer of 1983, are: Charles Abdelahad, Joseph Abud, John Buckeye, Nicholas Ceko, Christopher Howley, Thomas Soroka, John Zeburn, and Gregory Solak, Director. This recording is dedicated in thanksgiving to the memory of Gregory Solak. Memory eternal!
  • From the website of SVS Press: In the summer of 1962, eight students from a seminary in Crestwood, New York, traveled around the US singing the sacred music of the Orthodox faith. Led by a young seminarian named David Drillock, the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Octet visited nearly 100 churches. Over the years, the members of the ensemble changed, but its legacy has been lasting. Through countless trips, concerts, services, and recordings, the Octet forever transformed the landscape of Orthodox music in America—setting the standard for church singing in English. In the intervening years, St. Vladimir’s produced recordings of both men’s and combined men’s and women’s voices. However, the seminary has never released a recording of all-women’s voices. Women have always been pillars of the faculty, staff, and student body of St. Vladimir’s, and women students and seminarians’ wives often go on to become leaders in church music. So in many ways, an all-women’s recording has been a long time coming. We hope Every Day Will I Bless Theecontinues the venerable musical legacy of the Octet, while at the same time breaking new ground for the seminary and the Church. The music on this recording reflects the pan-Orthodox spirit of the seminary. Our seminarians hail from all corners of the globe, speak different languages, and belong to different Orthodox churches and jurisdictions. But on this recording, as in our chapel, we sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:19) as one body. You’ll hear music from the Serbian tradition (The Lord Awoke), the Greek tradition (Hymn of Kassiane), and even a piece from Georgia (Paschal Troparion). We honor the Russian musical tradition with familiar settings of O Taste and See and the Exapostilarion of the Cross, while at the same time presenting more recent compositions written in English, such as the works of Father Ivan Moody, Kurt Sander, Vladimir Morosan, Monk Martin (Gardner), nazo nakkak, Richard Toensing, and Nicolas Craig Custer. May this first recording from the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Women’s Sextet glorify God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and may it bless your soul also.
  • Recorded at St. John the Baptist Church, Mayfield, PA in 1974 by Lawrence Havrilak, celebrated by Bishop Herman (Metropolitan Herman today). This CD was originally released on vinyl, but is now available on a two-disc CD set. Includes nearly the entirety of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.