Kastalsky - Requiem | Naxos 8574245

Kastalsky - Requiem

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574245

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th August 2020

Contents

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone)
Cathedral Choral Society
The Clarion Choir
The Saint Tikhon Choir
Kansas City Chorale
Orchestra of St Luke’s

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Works

Kastalsky, Alexander Dmitriyevich

Requiem for Fallen Brothers

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone)
Cathedral Choral Society
The Clarion Choir
The Saint Tikhon Choir
Kansas City Chorale
Orchestra of St Luke’s

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

About

Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926) was a student of Tchaikovsky and a mentor to Rachmaninov, becoming director of the Moscow Synodal School until the Bolshevik regime banned all sacred music, including the extraordinary Requiem for Fallen Brothers which consequently lay forgotten for over a century. The Requiem is a rich and varied mosaic that honours those who perished in the First World War, poignantly combining Orthodox and Gregorian chant with hymns from the allied nations, even including ‘Rock of Ages’. This unprecedented and peerless monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice was acclaimed on its 1917 premiere as a ‘uniquely Russian requiem that... gave musical voice to the tears of many nations’.

This is a world-premiere recording of the complete revised version of this score, with lost movements recovered and included to bring the original 14 movements up to 17. Having the internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin associated with this performance is the topping on an already vast menu of excellence in the soloists and ensembles on this recording.

Alexander Kastalsky is still relatively unknown in the West, and until now his music has appeared on only a handful of recordings from Russia. The Clarion Choir together with Naxos has already contributed to a revival of his work, and the Requiem follows the disc Memory Eternal (8573889) released in 2018. This was a Gramophone Choice recording and acclaimed in that publication as ‘The rehabilitation of a major work... a thrilling performance’.

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