The bright future of Orthodox Choral music is vividly captured on As Far as the East is from the West. Eighteen new settings of hymns common in Orthodox Christian worship make their debut on this CD. Sung in both English and Church Slavonic, the music on this CD was inspired by the reunification of mother Russia with her émigré Orthodox churches.
Both Gennady Lapaev and Kurt Sander are professional musicians with years of practical experience conducting choirs in Russian Orthodox parishes. This makes them uniquely qualified to create a choral aesthetic which moves the faithful to prayer without attracting undue attention to the music itself.
Kurt Sander directs at St. George Russian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and teaches at Northern Kentucky University. Gennady Lapaev conducts at the Ascension Cathedral in Tver, Russia. Both Lapaev and Sander have published numerous other choral works to critical acclaim around the world.
Peter Jermihov directs the East/West Festival Chorale, which was assembled to record this CD. Jermihov is an accomplished conductor, deeply familiar with the Russian Orthodox liturgical music.
O Come Let Us Worship
Bless the Lord O My Soul
Blessed in the Man
O Gladsome Light
Prayer of St Symeon
Virgin, Mother of God, Rejoice
Praise Ye the Name of the Lord
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
The Great Litany
Bless the Lord, O My Soul
The Cherubic Hymn
The Anaphora (A Mercy of Peace)
Open to Me the Doors of Repentance
Let My Prayer Arise
The Angel Cried I
The Angel Cried II
By Gennady Lapaev & Kurt Sander
The East/West Festival Chorale
Peter Jermihov, Conductor
Mixed Voice Choir sung in English
Playing time: 1 Hour 10 mins.
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