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The choir of St. Nicholas Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the parish with this premiere recording of 26 hymns from Nativity, Lent, Pascha, and the Feast of St. Nicholas, and three tracks of bell ringing. The hymns represented here reflect the rich and varied practice of liturgical singing at the parish, drawing upon a number of different chant traditions. Many arrangements, especially those by Fr. Stephan Meholick, have rarely been heard elsewhere; other settings reflect the works of local contemporary composers and church cantors. A variety of “model melodies” (prosomoia, podobny) are featured. The choir is well disciplined and well led by its conductor, whose remarkable and varied musical gifts are evident on this CD.--V.M.