From the Choir of Saints Constantine and Elena Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In English, with some Romanian.
The musical settings on this recording are drawn from several different traditions and are indicative of the beautiful blending which takes place in Saints Constantine and Elena Church: English and Romanian, Middle Eastern and Slavic, immigrant and native. The primary musical expression during their services is Byzantine chant as handed down in the Romanian tradition. These melodies are sometimes harmonized and arranged for mixed voices but are typically sung simply with an ison. There are also pieces in the Slavic four part tradition and modern compositions as well. They all share a simplicity and prayerfulness that focus the attention and create an atmosphere which is celebratory and reflective, dignified and humble, terrestrial and celestial.
Preparatory Kontak for the Nativity of Our Lord
Come Bless the Lord
What Shall I Render to the Lord