“Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” is a 30-voice mixed choir that brings together vocalists and choral musicians from the United States, Canada, and Russia. The group assembled for a week under the leadership of Vladimir Gorbik, one of the finest choral conductors active in Russia today.
The recording includes works from the Orthodox All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy ranging from austere, centuries-old Znamenny Chants to sumptuous polyphonic works by such Russian masters as Dmitry Bortniansky, Alexander Gretchaninoff, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Also featured on the program are compositions and arrangements by contemporary Orthodox composers, Benedict Sheehan and Sergei Trubachev. In keeping with the choir’s multi-cultural approach, the CD includes selections in Church Slavonic and in English.
The New York Times noted that "...the voices blended beautifully, quiet and reserved, ... swelling to a more sumptuous sound." These hallmarks of the Orthodox choral style- beautiful sonority at the service of exalted sacred texts -- are present on this CD as well.