Sheehan: Vespers / Saint Tikhon Choir [SACD]
GRAMMY®-nominated conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan leads The Saint Tikhon Choir in his new setting of the Eastern Orthodox Vespers in English. Inspired by the great All-Night Vigil setting by Rachmaninoff, Sheehan’s composition expands the genre with full settings of Psalms. Each verse is treated with deep musical pathos to express a full range of human emotion. Vespers also features virtuosic vocal solos, including the first for basso profundo in English. Soloists include Fotina Naumenko, soprano; Helen Karloski, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Parsons, countertenor; Paul D’Arcy, tenor; Jamal Sarikoki and Michael Hawes, baritones; Jason Thoms, bass; and Glenn Miller, basso profundo.
Encounter this music that projects a vision of hope and light for all. The Saint Tikhon Choir was founded in 2015 by Benedict Sheehan, the group’s artistic director, and Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. It is the first professional vocal ensemble connected with an Orthodox monastery in America, founded with a mission to foster and build up the American Orthodox choral tradition at the highest artistic level.
Catalog Number: CR423
Label: Cappella Romana
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Benedict Sheehan
Conductor: Benedict Sheehan, Talia Sheehan, Zoe Turton
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Saint Tikhon Choir
Performer: Fotina Naumenko, Glenn Miller, Helen Karloski, Jamal Sarikoki, Jason Thoms, Michael Hawes, Paul D'Arcy, Timothy Parsons