Five Stars for Benedict Sheehan’s Liturgy from Audiophile Audition

Audiophile Audition‘s Steven Ritter gives a five-star rating to Benedict Sheehan and the Saint Tikhon Choir’s recording of Benedict Sheehan’s Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom:

“The work itself is fresh and vibrant… Orthodox worship is not to play solely to the emotions, but to provoke gratitude and compunction in the hearers. The above statement is perhaps what I like best about Sheehan’s liturgy. … This is a testament to the power of this offering in that it doesn’t draw attention to itself, but to the functional worship of God in a liturgical setting. There are memorable moments in the piece, but they are encountered in the context of the immediate worship experience. … This is a superb effort on many fronts, not least of which is the quality of the work itself. The production is engineered by the wonderful technicians at Soundmirror, which is self-recommending, and the St. Tikhon’s ensemble is spot on, captured in brilliant surround sound. Here’s hoping that more releases like this, from Sheehan and others, are in the offing for the near future.”

—Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

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