"...this version of the Kontakion (essentially a lengthy chanted sermon) is as unique as it is enjoyable. Here, Toensing employs the paraliturgical concerto setting for the illumination of these stanzas and the melodic formulas of the Russian ‘Greek’ chant version of mode three. These hymns are not liturgical music as such, at least not as understood today. louis vuitton handbags But the charm and beauty of the music and the theological potency of St. Romanos' texts keep the listener's attention in a joyful crescendo of praise to the Lord's Incarnation from the Virgin and the Holy Spirit.
The 2nd part of the disc is devoted to a collection of New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ and here the term carols is operative since these are truly carols in a Dickensian sense. ...They could be easily learned and sung in a non-liturgical parish setting and may, in time, grow to become the favorite of American Orthodox audiences since they are adapted from well-known liturgical settings. ... This is a very accessible recording and one that sweeps the listener up in the harmonious cadence of the stanzas and the hymns....it is a real louis vuitton sunglasses treat. As always, the musicianship of Cappella Romana is above reproach and the arrangements really give the superb voices of the group ample room to shine...."
- Fr. Apostolos Hill, Liturgica.com