Steinberg - Passion Week | Naxos 8573665

Steinberg - Passion Week

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573665

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th August 2016

Contents

Artists

The Clarion Choir

Conductor

Steven Fox

Works

Steinberg, Maximilian

Passion Week

Artists

The Clarion Choir

Conductor

Steven Fox

About

Passion Week is a long-lost choral masterpiece composed by Rimsky-Korsakovís favourite student, heir apparent and son-in-law, Maximilian Steinberg. A product of his interest in the sacred and mystical, it is a tour de force of the systematic use of medieval Church Slavonic chant melodies and shares with Rachmaninovís All-Night Vigil the colourful use of choral textures. Steinbergís settings are complex and rich, with a diverse and sometimes daring harmonic palette, offering eleven movements of distinctive and expressive content that reveal an artistís search for identity at a time of increasing hostility to religion.

Reviews

Steinberg creates a magnificent, richly textured and boldly original musical edifice, drawing inspiration from pre-existing Slavonic chants and creating an aura of mystical and often hypnotic devotion. ... atmospherically recorded at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity New York, [this disc] boasts marvellously committed fervent singing from the Clarion Choir under Steven Fox and deserves the widest possible dissemination.  Erik Levi (Choral & Song Choice)
BBC Music Magazine December 2016

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