Orthodox Music (88)
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.
SACRED TREASURES IV is a richly textured compilation of some of the most tenderly beautiful pieces from the vast repository of Western sacred choral music, all but one piece dating from the early 20th century to the present. As the title suggests, these choral masterworks are truly quiet prayers.
Sacred Treasures V: From A Russian Cathedral is the latest installment in the critically acclaimed Hearts of Space series of sacred choral music. Each piece from this collection is infused with a deeply devotional, solemn and lyrical quality. The voices are spacious and warm, creating an atmosphere of holiness and benediction.