The search for authenticity, direct empathy with each word and phrase, and the premise of a religious approach were aspirations that prompted and sustained the vision for this project.An accompanying 52-page full color booklet includes extensive, detailed notes on the historical and musical qualities of this masterpiece.
The recording includes a 52-page full color booklet with the Cyrillic texts, transliterations, and translations, and extensive notes by Peter Jermihov, internationally recognized specialist in Russian and Orthodox liturgical music.
“What a privilege it was to be a part of this monumental recording which brought together an amazing assemblage of singers so deeply rooted and grounded in this spiritual and musical tradition. While the choral sound is incredible, the spiritual dimension of this recording lifts it all to a mystical plane.” –Glenn Miller, Basso Profundo
“As an exchange student in Europe, my first time away from home, I was introduced to a memorable choral experience at St. Petersburg. The voices were around me, powerful, immersive, and the performance deeply moving. The music and its Russian passion has stuck with me...During this recording and production...the spiritual connection created by this great choir is memorable.”– Keith O. Johnson, legendary sound engineer of Reference Recordings