Smirnov  - Our Lady’s Rejoicing in Sorrow | Northern Flowers NFPMA9926

Smirnov - Our Lady’s Rejoicing in Sorrow

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Label: Northern Flowers

Cat No: NFPMA9926

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

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About

The music of Dmitri Smirnov has been an integral part of St Petersburg’s musical life for many years. Most of his works are in demand with performers and can be heard both in and outside Russia, and his name has become to us a synonym of highest musical quality. The composer has created his own choral language based on deep strata of Russian music. Compositions by Smirnov always carry a powerful spiritual charge so much needed by us in today’s world. They are a link between achievements of the past and music of today.

On one hand, Smirnov’s opus is non-traditional in terms of its genre definition, and its textual base using both canonical and apocryphal plotlines from Our Lady’s life and the Hail Mary prayer along with folkloric texts, and in the structure of its performers (choir, female voice, and saxophone). On the other hand, folkloric texts and chants have always existed in Russian culture in parallel to clerical ones, and are especially close to Russian popular perception.

Recorded live at the Northern Flowers Fifth International Chamber Music Festival at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, 20 October 2004

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