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The group – ‘Theophoros’ means ‘God carrier’ – is a recently established permanent choir from the Seminary of the Holy Spirit in Lviv, part of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. A bright studio recording balances individual qualities of voice with a seamless ensemble sound. The material is drawn from the liturgy and Typicon, and within a relatively modest duration manages to convey most of the main threads of singing in this tradition. Arrangements are by Sr Solomiya Teslya of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent, an order that lived underground and under the protection of male Redemptorists during the Soviet regime. Her vision reinforces the spirituality of this beautiful recording.

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