Orthodox Music (88)
Lullabies and airs for all ages performed on the Celtic Harp
Kim Robertson`s name has become synonymous with the gentle but powerfully evocative Celtic harp, an instrument which for a thousand years held within its strings and wood the spiritual heartbeat and poetic breath of the Celtic race.
Everyone of us can relate to the struggle between what we know is right and what we actually do. An unseen battle is going on inside and we have to use tools to fight that good fight. This Christ-centered music is one such tool to help in that battle.
This collection of songs is meant to teach and isnpire the listener about the Nativity of Jesus Christ. From the Old Testament prophecies to the flight into Egypt made by the Christ child with His mother, the album brings together traditional Christmas carols along with original songs written by Katina.
The repertoire on this CD reflects the "ever-presence" of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Panagia) in Orthodox hymnography. Out of the vast range of possibilities, Archangel Voices has selected a mix between works that are familiar and traditional and those that reveal new vistas of the sacred repertoire. A number of works—by such Russian masters as Chesnokov, Kastalsky, Nikolsky, and Yaichkov—are appearing for the first time in English adaptations. Works by relatively unknown 20th-century composers such as Ilyashenko and Cecil A. Bailey are brought to light for the first time. Works by modern-day Orthodox composers, currently living and creating in North America—Archpriest Paul Harrilchak, Vladimir Morosan, Kurt Sander, Benedict Sheehan, Richard Toensing, and Nazo Zakkak—round out the program.