Sviridov - Canticles and Prayers, Red Easter | Ondine ODE13222

Sviridov - Canticles and Prayers, Red Easter

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13222

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 11th May 2018

Contents

Works

Sviridov, Georgii

Hymns and Prayers
» From the Old Testament
» Having beheld a strange nativity
» Other songs (5)
» The inexpressible miracle
Pasha krasnaya (Red Easter)

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

Works

Sviridov, Georgii

Hymns and Prayers
» From the Old Testament
» Having beheld a strange nativity
» Other songs (5)
» The inexpressible miracle
Pasha krasnaya (Red Easter)

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

About

Georgy Sviridovís (1915Ė1998) Canticles and Prayers is considered by many as one of the most important works in Russian sacred music. In this new recording Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava offer impressive renditions of music from this collection by the Russian master.

Sviridov, a pupil of Shostakovich, began writing religious works since 1969. Since then these works came to form an important part of his oeuvre. In the 1980s Sviridov had several projects to write a liturgy or a mass. In the end, the sketches of his sacred music came to form a cycle titled Canticles and Prayers. The work was created at a turning point in the history of Russia, the perestroika years that ended in the collapse of the Soviet state. The composer was keenly affected by the events of those years, building a monument to his era. The main body of Canticles and Prayers was assembled between 1988 and 1992. In September 1997, Sviridov selected the versions he thought best, approving the final order for the first three parts and making the final edits to the score. This work remained incomplete at the time of his death in 1998. Canticles and Prayers was thus Sviridovís last work. The recording also includes chorus The Red Easter (1978) based on a cycle of Easter hymns.

The releases of the Latvian Radio Choir on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninovís All-Night Vigil (ODE12065) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editorís Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Also, their recent releases of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 12665) and Eriks Esenvalds (ODE12472) received Gramophone Editorís Choice.

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