As Far as the East is from the West

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By Gennady Lapaev & Kurt Sander
The East/West Festival Chorale
Peter Jermihov, Conductor

About This CD:

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 a accomplished conductor, deeply familiar with the Russian Orthodox liturgical music.

CD Contents

  1. O Come, Let us Worship – Sander
  2. Bless the Lord, O my Soul – Lapaev
  3. Blessed is the Man – Sander
  4. O Gladsome Light – Sander
  5. Prayer of St. Symeon – Sander
  6. Virgin Mother of God, Rejoice – Sander
  7. Praise Ye the Name of the Lord – Lapaev
  8. Resurrectional Troparia – Lapaev
  9. My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord – Lapaev
  10. The Great Litany – Lapaev
  11. Bless the Lord, O my Soul – Lapaev
  12. The Beatitudes – Sander
  13. The Cherubic Hymn – Sander
  14. The Anaphors (A Mercy of Peace) – Sander
  15. Open to Me the Doors of Repentance – Lapaev
  16. Let My Prayer Arise – Sander
  17. The Angel Cried – Sander
  18. The Angel Cried – Lapaev