In early December 2014 The Patriarch Tikhon Choir, under the direction of Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, gathered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to record our premier album. The album is entitled “Come, Ye Kindred of the Nations.” By uniting Russian, American, and Russian-American singers who share the Orthodox faith, our goal is to highlight the universality and aliveness of the Slavic Orthodox musical tradition in both the Slavonic and the English languages. To this end, we are including Slavonic and English settings side by side on the disc, by Russian, American, and Russian-American composers. We feel that emphasizing this shared culture of faith and music is relevant not only to the lives of Orthodox Christians of both lands, but is an especially poignant statement to people all over the world given the political tensions that have been developing over the past year.
It was our privilege to work with recording engineers and producers from the multi-Grammy Award winning studio, Soundmirror, Inc. They have worked with some of the greatest choirs, soloists, and orchestras of our time, and have amassed a remarkable discography. The experience and talent they brought to the project was inspiring.
The recording was made at the beautiful St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. This romanesque stone cathedral is an acoustic gem, and is considered among one of the best venues for choral performance in the mid-Atlantic region. St. Stephen’s boasts, not only of an exceptional acoustic space, but an extraordinary pipe organ and organist, music director Mark Laubach, sponsors regional educational programs and hosts many live performances each year.
We are eagerly anticipating the release of this premier album at the end of 2015.