Russian Orthodox Choral Music | Brilliant Classics 95969

Russian Orthodox Choral Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95969

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 15th January 2021

Contents

Works

Anonymous

Easter Sticheron

Bortnyansky, Dmitri

Cherubic Hymn
Sacred Concerto no.104
Sacred Concerto no.105
Sacred Concerto no.106

Burakovsky, Yan

Ave Maria

Chesnokov, Pavel Grigoryevich

Arise, O God
In Days of Battle, op.45
» no.1 On the bed of suffering
» no.4 Make haste to intercede
Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight, op.24 no.6
Let us pray to the Holy Virgin, op.43 no.5
Lord, save thy people
Mother of God
Praise the Lord, O my soul (Psalm 103)
Since my youth
The Eternal Council, op.40 no.2
The Good Thief

Degtiarev, Stepan

Cherubic Hymn
Let all the peoples

Golovanov, Nikolai

Chants (6), op.1
Cherubic Hymn

Grechaninov, Alexander

Come, let us bow before the Lord
Let all the earth praise the Lord
Multos annos
Praise the Lord
Praise the Name of the Lord
Trisagion

Hristov, Dobri

Praise ye the name of the Lord

Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail

My soul, bless the Lord
This day all peoples bless the name of the Lord

Izvekov, Georgiy

Relieve my suffering, Mother of God (arr. Georgy Smirnov)

Kalinnikov, Victor

We sing unto thee

Kalistratov, Valery

Lord, cleanse me of my sins

Karetnikov, Nikolai

Sacred Choruses (8) in Memory of Boris Pasternak

Kastalsky, Alexander Dmitriyevich

Appeal of the Patriarch Hermogenes to the Insurgents in 1609
Christ is risen
Multos annos
Nunc dimittis
Since my youth many passions assail me
The Only-Begotten Son
Thou who wert announced in the Psalms
Tropary for the Feast of the Christianization of Russia
Tropary to the Holy Martyr Hermogenes

Kedrov, Nikolai

Our Father

Kosolapov, Alexey

Confirm, O Lord

Nikolaev-Strumsky, Apostol

Great Doxology (arr. Georgy Smirnov)

Nikolsky, Alexander

Praise the Name of the Lord

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Vespers (All-Night Vigil), op.37

Shvedov, Konstantin Nikolaevich

It is meet
The Beatitudes
The Creed
The Great Litany

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in C major, op.41

Titov, Vasily

Cherubic Hymn

Vedel, Artemy

By the Rivers of Babylon
Peaceful Light

Artists

Irina Arkhipova
Olga Borusene
Yuri Korinnyk
Mykhaylo Tyshchenko
National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka’
The Orthodox Singers Male Choir
Rybin Male Choir
Yurlov Academic Choir

Conductors

Stanislav Gusev
Valery Kalistratov
Nikolai Karetnikov
Valery Rybin
Yevhen Savchuk
Georgy Smirnov

Works

Anonymous

Easter Sticheron

Bortnyansky, Dmitri

Cherubic Hymn
Sacred Concerto no.104
Sacred Concerto no.105
Sacred Concerto no.106

Burakovsky, Yan

Ave Maria

Chesnokov, Pavel Grigoryevich

Arise, O God
In Days of Battle, op.45
» no.1 On the bed of suffering
» no.4 Make haste to intercede
Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight, op.24 no.6
Let us pray to the Holy Virgin, op.43 no.5
Lord, save thy people
Mother of God
Praise the Lord, O my soul (Psalm 103)
Since my youth
The Eternal Council, op.40 no.2
The Good Thief

Degtiarev, Stepan

Cherubic Hymn
Let all the peoples

Golovanov, Nikolai

Chants (6), op.1
Cherubic Hymn

Grechaninov, Alexander

Come, let us bow before the Lord
Let all the earth praise the Lord
Multos annos
Praise the Lord
Praise the Name of the Lord
Trisagion

Hristov, Dobri

Praise ye the name of the Lord

Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail

My soul, bless the Lord
This day all peoples bless the name of the Lord

Izvekov, Georgiy

Relieve my suffering, Mother of God (arr. Georgy Smirnov)

Kalinnikov, Victor

We sing unto thee

Kalistratov, Valery

Lord, cleanse me of my sins

Karetnikov, Nikolai

Sacred Choruses (8) in Memory of Boris Pasternak

Kastalsky, Alexander Dmitriyevich

Appeal of the Patriarch Hermogenes to the Insurgents in 1609
Christ is risen
Multos annos
Nunc dimittis
Since my youth many passions assail me
The Only-Begotten Son
Thou who wert announced in the Psalms
Tropary for the Feast of the Christianization of Russia
Tropary to the Holy Martyr Hermogenes

Kedrov, Nikolai

Our Father

Kosolapov, Alexey

Confirm, O Lord

Nikolaev-Strumsky, Apostol

Great Doxology (arr. Georgy Smirnov)

Nikolsky, Alexander

Praise the Name of the Lord

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Vespers (All-Night Vigil), op.37

Shvedov, Konstantin Nikolaevich

It is meet
The Beatitudes
The Creed
The Great Litany

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in C major, op.41

Titov, Vasily

Cherubic Hymn

Vedel, Artemy

By the Rivers of Babylon
Peaceful Light

Artists

Irina Arkhipova
Olga Borusene
Yuri Korinnyk
Mykhaylo Tyshchenko
National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka’
The Orthodox Singers Male Choir
Rybin Male Choir
Yurlov Academic Choir

Conductors

Stanislav Gusev
Valery Kalistratov
Nikolai Karetnikov
Valery Rybin
Yevhen Savchuk
Georgy Smirnov

About

A history of Russian Orthodox sacred music from the ‘Moscow Baroque’ to the present day, including many rare and long unavailable recordings.

During the past century Russian Orthodox vocal music has experienced two periods of rebirth. The first, which began in the last years of the 19th century, consisted of a return to the popular sources of religious chant in the znamenny chant tradition passed down from its origins in ancient Byzantine chant and maintained by churches and choirs across Russia until the 17th century, when rulers such as Catherine the Great began to look westwards for cultural identity. Composers such as Kastalsky, Chesnokov and Grechaninov repudiated the Italian and French influences which had shaped the work of Classical and Romantic-era composers such as the Sacred Concertos of Bortniansky.

This renaissance was foreshadowed by Tchaikovsky’s setting of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in 1878 – in its time a controversial work, rejected by the Church – and reached its zenith with the two sacred cycles by Rachmaninov: another setting of the Liturgy and then his religious masterpiece, the Vespers (All Night Vigil) of 1915. Once more suppressed by the 1917 Revolution, an authentic strain of Russian sacred music had to wait until the era of glasnost in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Ensemble such as the Rybin Male Choir could once more be formed to sing and record the repertoire that is their country’s musical inheritance, and most of these recordings date from the early 90s, first released on the ‘Saison Russe’ of the Chant du Monde label, long unavailable and now reissued here for the first time.

As well as the composers mentioned above, the box surveys many lesser-known figures, mostly from the pre-Revolutionary era such as Alexander Nikolsky, Nikolai Kedrov and Konstantin Shvedov, as well as the Six Chants op.1 by a figure more familiar as an inspirational conductor, Nikolai Golovanov. The Eight Sacred Choruses in Memory of Boris Pasternak represent the work of the dissident composer Nikolai Karetnikov, and the survey comes up to date with the figures of Yan Burakovsky, a tragically short-lived pupil of Alfred Schnittke who died in 1983, and Valery Kalistratov, born in 1942. The set is a unique, compact but comprehensive survey of a musical genre revealed to be much more various than its conventional associations with low basses and dirge-like hymns: an essential acquisition for any choral-music enthusiast.

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