The latest offering by the St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir entitled Bless the Lord, O' My Soul; Chants of Orthodox Russia, Georgia and Byzantium
Â was recently reviewed by theÂ internationallyÂ esteemed distributor of Russian choral music Musica Russica
Bless the Lord, O My Soul; Chants of Orthodox Russia, Georgia, and Byzantium / St. Tikhonâ€™sÂ Seminary Mission Choir / Benedict Sheehan, cond. / 2011
The St. Tikhonâ€™s Seminary Mission Choir is a new ensemble making their first sacred musical offering on CD under the direction of the talented conductor Benedict Sheehan. In a well-informed and carefully crafted fashion, the CD presents to English-speaking listeners the fruits of many â€śdiscoveriesâ€ť and â€śre-discoveriesâ€ť of chant treasures from around the Orthodox worldâ€”from Russian znamenny chant (in all its variants, Valaam, demestvenny, etc.), to Georgian polyphony, to melismatic Byzantine chant. The singing on this CD demonstrates the sensitive musical hand of the director, who elicits from his non-professional singers a good blend, a balanced ensemble, clear diction, and musical phrasing. Like the best examples of the â€śold-worldâ€ť models whom they emulate, these singers strive for a â€śspiritualâ€ť manner of singing, which achieves a sense of reverenceâ€”but without â€śsentimentality,â€ť and â€śdispassionâ€ťâ€”but without appearing mechanical or lackadaisical. We express the hope that this CD is the first of many others to come, a harbinger of a â€śmusical springâ€ť in the realm of Orthodox liturgical singing in North Americaâ€”V.M.
The CD is available here
for $14.95 from the St. Tikhon's Monastery Bookstore.