Back in February 2012, the Paraclesis was sung to a new setting by composer Robert Sirico, who is the founder of the Orthodox Christian Music Project (OCMP), and composition student of Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The event was the flagship performance of the Newly Formed St. Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, and was originally captured to audio by Recording Engineer Aleks Olzens. After the overwhelming reception of the SVS Chorale during its Orient: Sacred Song and Image Concert, where the 9th Ode of this original composition appeared on the program, and on the Orient concert CD produced by Seraphim Huling: Seraphim Sound & Vision, LLC, it was decided to revisit the Paraklesis recording and remaster the entire service for distribution.
It is a privilege to work again with Seraphim Huling, an experienced recording engineer who brings the highest degree of professionalism and talent to his craft. The beautiful sounds of this event, which would be lost to memory and history, are made alive again to be enjoyed repeatedly by all who wish to relive this momentous occasion, as well those who wish to include high quality sacred music within their day. His attention to detail is unparalleled, as the photograph above shows Seraphim explaining how he uses a digital sonogram with forensic audio analysis to identify and eliminate ‘hidden’ noise which would otherwise tarnish the pure vocal sounds on the recording if overlooked. Everyone is excited to hear the full digitally remastered CD of the Paraklesis, which we hope to have ready for Christmas!!! More information on product availability will be announced as Seraphim gets closer to completing the post-production phase of this project.
The Orthodox Christian Music Project is deeply grateful to Seraphim Huling for his continued involvement in the audio production of the original sacred music featured here, and we highly recommend his recording and engineering services to any church, or performing group, wishing to produce a high quality CD for sales and distribution. For more information on services and pricing, Seraphim Huling can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full Paraklesis Service can be viewed on the YouTube channel of the Orthodox Christian Music Project.
Please check back for updates on this project, and the progress of other compositions like nearly completed, and unprecedented, cantata ‘The Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov’ by Robert Sirico.