From the earliest days of the Christian Church, the solo voice has always played an important role in liturgical singing. In the Byzantine tradition, the art of the solo chanter (or psaltis) remains prominent to this day. In the Slavic tradition, the last 300 years have witnessed the development of a choral tradition; but certain elements of the services have continued to be chanted either by a solo voice or by a trio of solo voices. The present CD focuses upon these soloistic elements of Orthodox services, drawing upon both the Byzantine and Slavic traditions. About the Artists Archangel Voices is a professional-level vocal ensemble whose goal is to create high-quality recordings of Orthodox liturgical music in the English language. Through it's CDs, which include 'With the Voice of the Archangel,' 'Christ Is Born! Give Glory!,' 'Resurrection! Chants and Hymns of the Holy Pascha,' 'The Orthodox Divine Liturgy: Master, Bless!' and 'Lamentations: Orthodox Chants of Holy Week,' the ensemble aims to bring the beauty of Orthodox liturgical music before a wide audience of listeners, to serve as a vehicle for spreading the Orthodox faith through music, and to embrace various traditions and styles of Orthodox church music as they are manifest in the practice of parishes in North America. The founder and Artistic Director of Archangel Voices, Dr. Vladimir Morosan, is known throughout the Orthodox musical world as a conductor, scholar, and lecturer. He is also founder and president of Musica Russica, a firm specializing in the publication of Russian and Orthodox choral music.