In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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Review: This superb chorus sings a multiplicity of folk masterpieces: Russian, Gregorian, and Ukrainian. The authentic Russian songs offered generously on this program cover a wide range of genre and character, from love songs and coach tunes to peasant dances. The emotional range is broad as well, from subtle lyrics to boisterous joy. Each region represented reveals in its music an enriched experience of the uniqueness of its own culture. Sumptuous sound from top to bottom, pinpoint accuracy, electrifying virtuosity and great expressiveness. Selections range from old favourites like "Dark Eyes," the "Volga Boatman's Song," and "Kalinka," to much less familiar gems like "There is Birch in the Field" (Tchaikovsky Uses this theme in his Fourth Symphony.) The true joy in singing is everywhere evident.
Songlist: The Ural Rowan, Red Sarafan, Nightingale, Amur Waves, Dark Eyes, Down the Volga River, Dubinushka, the Volga, Boatman's Song, There was a Birch in a Field, On a Hill, Suliko (Georgian), Oh Oak, My Oak (Ukranian), Sing Martlet, Sing, One Hears the Sound of a Distant Lone Bell, Twelve Robbers, Brooms, Peddlers, The Evening Chime, Kalinka
Review: The traditions of Russian music, especially the religious traditions, are realized in the creative work of the composer Georgy Dmitriev. The Testament of Gogol was composed in 1997. The idea of this work was nurtured for many years in the imagination of the composer. Gogol had always been one of his favorite authors. The text for the work is taken from the first chapter of Gogol's Selections from Correspondence with Friends. The form of the work is unique. Its 11 choral parts, or episodes are inserted into one large composition. The 11 parts of the reader interact with the subsequent choral singing in different ways, thus making the whole process more dynamic and symphonic. The premiere of the work took place on March 7, 1999 in the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The "Vremya" newspaper wrote: "The composition is not infected either by the spirit of the avant-garde or with doubts of post-modernism. It has been written strongly, intelligently, professionally and convincingly shows the author's excellent knowledge of choral singing as well as the 20th century's means of expressing itself."
Songlist: The Testament of Nicolai Gogol - Georgy Dmitriev
Review: The Camerata Vocal Group comprises eight professional musicians, seven singers and a sound engineer. All are graduates of higher schools of music in Belarus and Russia. Their repertoire includes pieces belonging to different genres, from classical to jazz, oftentimes interwoven with each other, giving birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The core of "Angel" is Slavic folklore, but each piece is a work of experimental and quite amazing vocal art. Concert tours in the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria and the U.S. have gained them fans from all music traditions. Eight stunning pieces: "Near The Grove," the soaring "Falcon," the title tune (with a marvelous vocal "horn section"), the classical/jazzy "My Little Eye-Brows," "Autumn Night," "Segudilia," "Bulgarian Fantasy" and "Christmas." Absolutely lovely, with harmonies and vocal effects that must be heard to be believed. Camerata is one of the best in the world, however we wish to define or categorize them!
Songlist: Near the Grove, Falcon, My Angel, My LIttle Eye-brows, Autumn Night, Segudilia, Bulgarian Fantasy, Christmas
Review: The unfortunate limitation of people only slightly familiar with Russian folk songs to assume that the male choir or chorus is the only vocal vehicle, can now have their horizons expanded with this mixed choir directed by S. Krivobokov. Recorded live at Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, you will have the glory of hearing some of the finest voices in all of Russia. You will be regaled with a smattering of familiar tunes in the robust male vocal tradition such as "The Wild Steppe" and "Dense Unknown Taiga" on which the women's voices will be relegated to creating the sweetness which typically tenor's provided in the all male ensembles. However you will also find women's voices in leads of unparalleled beauty and at other times the lead is shared by men and women duets before the entire chorus is brought into the songs to create the robust fullness that is unique to Russian music. If you have only one recording of Russian Folk Songs in your library, let it be this one!
Songlist: The WIld Steppe, In Dark Woods, Dense Unknown Taiga, A Handbell, I wish I Hadn't Known You, My Love, Evening Bells, Along the Street, It's Foggy, Do Pass Over, Storm, A Girl In the Pine-Forest, Twelve Robbers, In the Smithy, Steppe Around, Not the Wind Bends the Branch, Don't Reproach Me, Kalinka
Review: A superb recording of chant forms known to few in the West. Powerful, beautiful, and testament to what unaccompanied and undoctored human voices can do.
Songlist: All our sacred hymns we offer/With the voices of the archangels , Behold, The Bridegroom Cometh, Praise The Lord, O My Soul, Thou Art The Joy Of All Who Are Troubled/Festival Peal Of Bells, Come, Let Us Worship, Lord, Have Mercy, Lord, Now Lettest Thou, Irmos Of The 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, Odes Of The Canon 'With Waves Of The Sea', Come, Let Us Praise Joseph And Bless Him, Vespers For Holy Sunday With Verses, Today The Veil Of The Temple Is Rent In Twain, Today Here Hangs The Cross, Today The Lord Of Creation Stands Before Pilate, Thou Who Art Clothed With Light As With Garment, The Angel Spoke To Mary/Peal Of The Bells
Review: The Patriarchal Choir, Moscow was formed in 1983, and consists of professional singers, both men and women. The choir take part in the services of the Moscow Church of the Resurrection, basing its work on old Russian choral tradition, from the 17th century to works of bortnyansky, Rachmaninov and others. The Choir began touring abroad in 1987. "Folk Songs" features 17 a cappella songs; some of our favorites are "Down the River Mother Volga," "In The dark forest," "The bell tolls," "O, the sweet night," "Do not reproach me, do not blame," "The troika-mail is running," "Along the river" and "Dark Eyes." There is tremendous depth of feeling here; wonderful solos supported by solid background harmonies. A powerful and moving CD!
Songlist: Down the River Mother Volga, O the steppes, In the dark forest, The bell tolls, Snow fall in the street, Steppes, only steppes all around, O, the sweet night, Do not reproach me, do not blame, The troika-mail is running, Fade, fade, The legend of the twelve highwaymen, The young man has flown like a bird, Evening bell, Guelder rode, Neighbour, Along the river, Dark eyes
Review: Russian romantic songs provide an inexhaustible source of poetic figures and wonderful melodies. All major Russian composers have occupied themselves with this genre and the tradition of the classical romance can even be observed in the works of Soviet artists. Here the Don Cossacks present a harmonious combination of vocal and instrumental works and reward the listener with a fascinating series of typical works by Russian composers offering prime examples of the immense spectrum of Russian vocal lyricism, as only they can.
Songlist: How young we were, The Rustling of the Birches, Mussorgsky Fantasy, Ljubo, bratcy, Ljubo,, Brothers, Life's Good!, Evening Song, Pesjna Tomskogo, Song From The Opera, Chorus from the opera Khovanshchina, No not hurry, A Cossack once rode across the Danube river, You are my melody, A Joyce's Waltz, Autumn Dream, Russian Fields, A Russian Ri=omance
Review: Christmas Eve of the Russian Orthodox Church (January 6) is traditionally celebrated with the Christmas Vigil (vsenoschnoye bdeniye), a Vespers service lasting hours with much singing and illuminated processions. The present recording contains chants from the Christmas Vigil and works by Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian composers, performed by the eminent Don Cossacks Choir under the direction of Marcel Verhoeff.
Songlist: Nachalo velikogo povecherija/ Introduction to the Great Compline: from Psalm 90 of the Old Testament, S nami Bog/ God is with us: from the Great Compline "The Prophecy of Isaiah", Deva dnes'/ Today the Virgin gives birth: Kontakion of the Nativity of Christ Bolgarsky (the "Bulgarian") chant, Nyne otpuschayeshi/ Ode of Symeon: Nunc dimittis, Shestopsalmiye/ The Six Psalms, Velikaya ekteniya/ Great Litany, a Bog Gospod' i yavisya nam/ God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us/ b Rozhdestvo Tvoye, Khriste Bozhe nash/ Thy Nativity, O Christ our God (Grechesky "the Greek") , Khvalite imya Gospodne/ Praise the name of the Lord, Velichaniye/ Megalynarion: The exaltation of the Nativity of Christ, Ot yunosti moyeya/ From my youth: Gradual psalm, melody of the Sofronyeva pustyn', tone 4, Chteniye Evangeliya/ Gospel Reading, Slava v Vyshnikh Bogu/ Glory to the God in the highest, Irmosy kanona i malaya ekteniya/ The Heirmos of the Canon and Small Litany, Velikoye slavosloviye/ Great Doxology, Rozhdestvo Tvoye, Khriste Bozhe nash/ Thy Nativity, O Christ our God Troparion , Sugubaya ekteniya/ Litany of Supplication, Utverdi, Bozhe/ Establish, O God, Otpust/ Dismissal, Mnogoletiye/ Many Years
Neude Freude Ist Uber Uns Gekommen
Review: The Christmas concert, with Russian and German Christmas carols, was recorded in one of Germany's most beautiful Baroque churches. In addition to the well known sacred songs such as "In dulci jubilo" and Russian pieces like "Gospodie Pomuli", Wanja Hlibka delved deeply into the ways of both cultures. The a cappella version of "Es ist ein Ros entspungen", for example, enchanted the 1700 concert goers with the Kosaken's Russian melancholy..... a moving and grandiose experience. The church's interior, when one considers the basilica's dimensions, presents a challenge to a vocal ensemble. With a depth of over eighty meters, it requires the vocal power of the Russian operatic soloists comprising Wanja Hlibka's choir to elicit the necessary charisma from the vocally sophisticated arrangements and to captivate the audience in the way that they did. The atmosphere of the concert, dependent on the desired expression and dynamic, ranges from a peaceful, quiet, almost gentle honoring of the child in the manger to an enormous room-filling song of praise proclaiming the joy at the birth of the Redeemer.
Songlist: Credo, Neude Freude Ist Uber Uns Gekommen, Christus Ist Geboren, Gott Sei Mit Uns, In Dulci Jubilo, Oh Kommet Ihr Glaubigen, Tedeum Laudamus, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Gospodie Pomilui, Sisser Die Glocken Nie Klingen, Russischer Weihnachtsgesang, Die Glocken Von Jerusalem, In Der Kirche, Leise Rieselt Der Schnee, Ich Bete An Die Macht Der Liebe
Review: After the devastating defeat of the Cossacks by the Red Army in 1917, many of the surviving Cossacks ended up in the Diaspora. In 1921, in an internment camp near Constantinople, Serge Jaroff set about forming a choir. Little did he, or anyone, foresee that the choir that was formed in the cholera-infested camp would become a major international musical fixture. A complicated period saw Jaroff 's choir move to the Greek island of Lemnos, and later to Sofia where they performed in the city's cathedral. After that, money troubles saw the choir trapped in Vienna, and it was the League of Nations that eventually helped them out, putting them in touch with a concert agent in Vienna. From then on they rocketed to stardom, giving over 10,000 concerts. Nicolai Gedda was a regular performer with the choir. Jaroff 's concerts consisted of church music, followed in the second half by songs. That is the programme on these two CDs - traditional Russian Orthodox liturgy in settings by Tchaikovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Bortnyansky and achmaninoff, followed by traditional songs. Also on this collection is the much less well-known female choir that Jaroff established, and their recordings are a comparative rarity.
Songlist: The Great Litany, Bless the Lord, O my Soul, The Only Begotten Son, In Thy Kingdom, Come, let us Worship, Holy God, Sunday Prokeimenon, Epistle, Gospel, Litany of Fervent Supplication, Cherubic Hymn, Creed, A Mercy of Peace, We Sing to Thee, It is Truly Uplifting, Litany, The Lord's Prayer, Praise the Lord from Heavens, We Have Seen the True Light, Many Years, Evening Bells, Allah Verdy, Motherland, The Red Sarafan, Lullaby, Christmas Night, Do You Love Me?, The Great Litany, Blessed art Thou, Little Litany, Give Rest with the Righteous, Give rest, O Lord, There is None Holy Like Unto Thee, Beholding the Sea of Life, With the Saints give Rest, Give Rest, O Lord, It is Impossible for Humans to See God, The Lord's Prayer, With the Spirits of the Righteous Departed, Augmented Litany Dismissal, Memory Eternal, O ye Apostles, A Stove Story, Dancing Song, Katiusha, Dream of Youth, Longing, Between the River Banks, Evening Bells
Review: The rich and emotional music of the Russian Orthodox Church is seldom heard in the Western world, making this treasure an even greater enhancement to the spectrum of the Edition. No western and few Russian ensembles can communicate the Orthodox liturgy as convincingly as the legitimate successors to Serge Jaroff's legendary Don Cossacks Choir. Rarely to be found on a west European release, the compositions especially selected for the liturgically conceived Musica Sacra reveal a surprising new insight into the high art of sacred Russian music and tradition.
Songlist: Grosse Bitt Litanei - Vater unser , Wir verbeugen uns vor Deinem Kreuz , Herr erbarme Dich unser , Heiliger Gott, In der Kirche , Credo, Unter Deiner Gnade , Gott sei mit uns , Erster Psalm Davids , Tedeum Laudamus
Review: A photo of Alexander, Sergey, Igor and Boris, the four very manly-looking Russian men, dressed in matching black, shiny Russian dress shirts, who form the Konevets quartet graces the back page of the liner notes for "Russian Festival 2008." On the cover is an illustration of a beautiful Russian snow princess. Inside is the two page songlist, with brief descriptions of what the songs are about, for instance, "Through the endless plain:" A young recruit, far away from home and his beloved, sings of his hard fate. Soldiers in the Tsar's army served for 25 years. Some other favorites are the Russian Naval hymn from 1905, "The Cruiser Varyag," "The young girl walked in the furrows," the Christmas tunes "Carol of the Bells" and "The night is silent over Palestine;" "Ballad of Prince Oleg," the cossack's song "It's good, brothers, to be alive!," "Snowstorm," the brigands' campfire song "Rise o red sun," "Through the unknown Taiga," the comic song "Tula, my home" and the folk song "Evening bells." Wonderful deep-voiced harmonies and deeply-felt emotions from this powerful, veteran Russian quartet!
Songlist: Many Years to the Tsar, How the Fog Settled, The Cruiser Varyag, In the Dark Forest, The Young Girl Walked in the Furrows, The Nightingale, Carol of the Bells, The Endless Russian Steppes, The Night is Silent Over Palestine, Ballad of Prince Oleg, It's Good, Brothers, to be Alive, On the Grassy Meadowlands, Through the Endless Pain, Snowstorm, Oh, Broad Steppe, Rise, O Red Sun, Back in the Year '93, Through the Unknown Taiga, Tula, My Home, Evening Bells
Review: Music Conservatoire in July 1992. The Quartet takes its name from the Konevets Island and Monastery, some 160 kilometers northeast of St. Petersburg, on Lake Ladoga. It was there, over 600 years ago, that St. Arseny Konevsky founded a cloister in the honour of the birth of Mary, Mother of God. The repertoire on this, their sixth recording is comprised of Russian folk songs based on ballads, dances and regimental songs and marches of the Tsarist armies, and from the old military academies, forbidden during Communist times. If you have ever been moved by the glorious, robust singing of the Russian peoples, this is a chance to experience the same music polished to perfection by a concert trained quartet. Wonderful!
Songlist: In the Dark Forest, Oh the Field, Steppe all around, Prince Oleg, I Walk the Lonely Road, We are Factory Lads, Garden Gate, Nighingale, Twelve Robbers, Seven Sons-In-Law, Black Raven, Night Was Dark, Evening Bells, Wicker-Shoes, Hey, Ookhnem, Through Vague and Obscure Taiga, Road, Brooms, Troyka Bell, Young Maid Was Walking in the Grove, Barynia
Review: For some years now, the all-male Konevets Quartet has given summer concerts at the New Valamo monastery of Heinavesi. This is a live recording of 27 songs, sung in the wonderful acoustics of the monastery. Favorites include "The Sicheron of the the Litiia for the Transfiguration of Christ," the soaring "Our Father," the plaintive "The Good Thief," "Hail Mary, Mother of God," "The Angel Cried unto Thee," the chant "The Gates of Repentence," "Now the Powers of Heaven," "We Hymn Thee," "Praise the Lord from the Heavens," "O my Soul" and "Valaam, the Wondrous Island." These are all powerful, all a cappella, richly harmonic, deeply-felt songs, sung by this veteran Russian folk quartet. Settle back and enjoy!
Songlist: Kirkonkellojen soitto. Soittajana Munkki Viktor, Kirkastusjuhlan litaniastikiira, valmolainen savelma, Isa meidan - Kedrov, Viisaan ryovarin - Burmagin, Oi Kuningas ja Herra, Anamennihi-savelma, Glazunovin sovitus, Nouse, Jumala, Tuomistse Maa, 17. vuosisadan bulgarialainen savelma no. 6, sovittanut Ekaterina Smirnova, Iloiste, Jumalan Aiti, gruusialainen savelma, Enkeli huusi, valamolainen savelma, Balakirevin sovitus, Esirukouksissaan vasymatonta Jumalansynnyttajaa - Golovanov, Kiita, sieluni, Herraa (vigilian veisu), kreikkalainen savelma, Kedrovin sovitus, Totisesti on kohtuullista, tsaari Geodorin savellys, Kiittakaa Herran nimea, Glinskin luostarin savelma, Synninkatumuksen ovet avaa minulle, oi, Elamanantaja, Lvovin Neitsyt Marian kuolinuneen nukkumisen luostarin savelma, pappismunkki Ionafanin sovitus, Autuas se, jonka Sina valitset ja otat tykosi, oi Herra - Lvovskij, Kontakki pyhalle Nikolaokselle - Golovanov, Nyt taivasten voimat, valamolainen savelma, Dmitrievin sovitus, Kunnia olkoon Jumalalle korkeuksissa, Joulun stikiira, Anammennij-savelma, Sinulle veisaamme - Golovanov, Pyha Jumala, Valamolainen savelma, Dmitrievin sovitus, Nouskoon minun rukoukseni, kreikkalainen savelma, Nilovin eramaaluostarin savelma, Viisaan ryovarin - Tanejev, YlistakaaHerraa taivaista - Tshesnokov, Teofanian (Kristuksen kasteen) juhlan ylistysveisu, serbianlainen savelma, Ruzanovin sovitus, Katso, kiittakaa Herraa - Ippolitov - Ivanov, Sieluni, sieluni, nouse, miksi nukut - Egorov, Ave Verum - Mozart, Valamo, saari ihmehinen
Review: Recorded at the monastery of Konovets, this CD is a compilation of some of the best Russian sacred music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the first recording of spiritual music in the history of the monastery, this CD allows the listener to enjoy the unique acoustics of the church. The album begins and ends with the ringing of the church bells. There is some glorious singing from this wonderful quartet. They begin with the well known "O come let us worship" from Rachmaninov's Vespers. The remainder of the recording is comprised of pieces by less well known composers, but includes many works by Chesnokov. The Konovets Quartet presents a fascinating program.
Songlist: Blagovest, O come let us worship (Rahmaninov), O Gentle Light (Nikolskij), Thy Mystical Supper (Chesnokov), Only-Begotten Son (Tcherepnin), The Cherubic Hymn (Kedrov), We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee (Chesnokov), My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord (Kedrov), Now The Powers of Heaven (Sheremetjev), O Thou Mother of God (Chesnokov), I Will Call Out My Petition Unto The Lord (Smolensky), O Gentle Light (Kastalskij), Open Me the gate of repentence (Chesnokov), Only-Begotten Son (Golovanov), Christ is Risen (Kastalsky), Ease our Pain (Archangelsky), Troparion For the Baptism of Russia (Trubachev), Why Hast Thou Cast Me Away From Thy Face (Chesnokov), It is Truly Meet (Golovanov), Hymn to the icon of the Mother of God (Chesnokov), The Beatitude (Hristov), Having Fallen Aslee( in The Flesh (Ionafan), Christmas Exapostilarion (Trubatchev), The Cherubic Hymn (Chesnokov), We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee (Chaikovsky), The Mystical Supper (Lvov), O Gentle Light (Kedrov), Let Your Soul Rejoice in the Lord (Trubachev), Chime
Review: The legend of adoption of Christianity in Russia as stated in the Chronicle of Years and Times has it that the unprecedented beauty of divine service was the main reason for choosing the Byzantine model of Christian faith. Church singing heard by Prince Vladimir's ambassadors in Constantinople amazed them with its delightful beauty. The Byzantine aesthetics inheriting the Platonic doctrine of identity of beauty, truth, and deity proved to be very close to the heart of ancient Slavs, and had a tremendous impact on generation of a new professional singing culture in Russia. Znamenny chant, a greatest achievement of medieval culture, was the core chant in singers' repertoire over the whole history of sacred singing in Ancient Russia. New styles of singing, Putevoy and Demestvenny chants, appear in the second half of the 15th century. The Putevoy chant competed with the Znamenny in popularity, and was a nationwide model along with it. The demestvenny chant is one of the most beautiful melismatic chants in the vocal heritage of Old Russia. Another impressive branch of the ancient Russian art of singing is professional polyphony. The sound of early Russian polyphonic chants is unusual for today's audience. Their line compositions are based on a protracted putevoy chant "braided" with background voices. Added to demestvenny polyphony was a striking, rhythmically active "demestvo" part. Russian Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great, was taught line singing as a child, and afterwards collected a remarkable music library.
Songlist: A Great and Marvelous Wonder, All Creation Rejoices In Thee, Thou That Full Of Grace, The Three-Lamped Light, Shine, Shine, O New Jerusalem., Adorn Thy Bridal Chamber, O Zion, This Is The Day Of The Lord: Rejoice Ye People , Gabriel Announces The Good Tidings , The Angel Cried Out To Her Who Is Full Of Grace, With All Peoples Let Us Honor and Glorify , It Is Meet, We Bless Thee, Virgin Birthgiver Of God, Standing Today At The Cross, Thy Nativity, O Virgin Birthgiver Of God, To Rest In Thee Arms Of The Elder, Beholding Thee Hanging Upon The Cross, Weep Not For Me, O Mother, To Behold, O Virgin, The Resurrection Of Thy Son , Today The Virgin Gives Birth To Him Who Is Above All Being, The Angel Cried Out To Her Who Is Full Of Joy, Glorious Are Thy Mysteries, O Pure Lady, Magnify, O My Soul, Shine, Shine, O New Jerusalem, Today The Temple That Is To Hold God
Review: This internationally renowned boys choir performs Christmas music from around the world. Led by Ninel Kamburg, listeners are transported to far away places as the choir showcases classics. Featured on this disc are such favorites as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and their beautiful rendition of "Silent Night" plus moving classical standards as Bach/Gounod's "Ave Maria." This group will warm your hearts this holiday season.
Songlist: The Christmas Song , God Is With us , The Little Drummer Boy , O Tannenbaum , Carol Of The Bagpipers , Masters In This Hall , Ave Maria , Le Bonne Nouvelle, Fum! Fum! Fum! , Maoz Tsur , Christmas In Killamey , Silent Night , Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bells , We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional)
Review: The Moscow Boys Choir is a careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor, and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to an all new choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia's most prestigious all-boy choirs, which is currently under the direction of Mr. Leonid Baklushin. Now for the first time ever, the Moscow Boys Choir is available in the crystal clarity of DVD! This very special performance was recorded in high definition by HDNet TV. Their work with HDNet exemplifies the Moscow Boys Choir's innovative spirit and displays their hallmark cutting-edge style. The significance of becoming amount the very first boys choir's to be broadcast in this new and exciting medium is a tribute to their tremendous talents and will no doubt bring more awareness of and accolades for this truly 21st century ensemble.
Songlist: A Quiet Melody, Angels We Have Heard On High, Ave Maria, Gloria / Kyrie, Hallelujah, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Fum! Fum! Fum!, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, L'Allelujah, Ochi Tchiornye, Evening Bells, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Kalinka
Review: This recording from the Moscow Boys Choir is a selection of the variety of styles that this choir performs. From Russian folk and classical to traditional and contemporary Christmas songs, this choir will captivate you. The majority of the album is comprised of Russian songs by Rachmaninoff, Glinka, Stepanov and Taneev and includes two beautiful Russian folk songs. The second part of the recording contains many Christmas pieces including three selections from Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." One special treat on this CD is "Schedrick" the Ukrainian song better known as "Carol of the Bells."
Songlist: God Is With Us , Chorale, Vocalise, A Quiet Melody , Primavera Waters , Poputnaya, Evening Bells , Ave Maria , Veni Sancti Spiritus, In Paradisum , Gloria , Kyrie , Procession, Balulalow, Schedrick, Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard On High, Silver Bells, We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Review: These songs date from various periods, yet their very popularity makes them timeless. They were sung at feasts and celebrations, in chorus or solo, simply for the pleasure of making music. They were also sung at work or in prison, and they were used to glorify the revolution. These songs reflect the very soul of the Russian people. The Moscow Male Voice Choir, under the direction of Anatoly Grindenko. is one of the nation's finest.
Songlist: Snow The Time Has Come, Through The Thick Mysterious Taiga, Song Of The Noble Regiment, Monotonously Rings The Little Bell, On The Wild Steppes Beyond The Baikal, See Our Peasants, My Little Birch Torch, Behind The Clouds , I Cannot But Think Back, Splendid Sea, The Separation, Upstream On The Volga, Glory Be To You Cossacks Of The Kuban, The Fog Is Coming Down, The Twelve Brigands , He Alone Deserves To Live, Driving The Waves Of The Volga
Review: "Sviridov balances simplicity and originality to perfection in his Three Choruses for Tolstoy's Tsar Feodor Ioannovich. The melodic lines are cleanly projected by members of Moscow New Choir, with scrupulous concern for text, the harmonies (Orthodox with a Sviridov twist) atmospherically supportive - .Sviridov's emotional range is wider, and it is incredible just how many effects and subtleties he achieves. This marvellous choir's bright, intelligent and dynamically varied approach, their attention perfectly focused on both the words and the music, should help to establish the reputation of Pushkin's Garland as one of the richest Russian choral works of the 20th century as well as a firstrate tribute to Russia's greatest poet....the rich blend of Orthodox ritual and passionate response in the 'child's burial' of Night Clouds seems to touch a special emotional chord - Sviridov's late-flowering choral garlands and wreaths; they should enter therepertoire of our own chamber choirs sooner rather than later."- Gramophone
Songlist: Pushkin's Garland, Three Choruses from Tsar Feodor Ioannovich, Songs of Troubled Times, Night Clouds
Review: This collection of 27 Russian sacred choral works was compiled and edited by Russian music scholar and choral director Noelle Mann, who was curator of the Prokofiev Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths College.
Songlist: A Mercy of Peace, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Cherubic Hymn, Do Not Reject Me in My Old Age, Gentle Light, I Cry Aloud With My Voice Unto The Lord, It Is Truly Meet, Let My Prayer Arise, Lord, Save the Faithful, Many Year, Our Father, Praise the Name of the Lord, Rejoice, O Nicholas, Great Wonderworker, Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Sacred Love, The ever-vigilant Mother of God, The Great Doxology
Review: The male choir of the Optina Pustyn Monastery in St. Petersburg was established in 1996 and consists of 6-9 professional singers with impressive voices. Their main goal is the cultivation of the heritage of the old Russian Church polyphony in its different styles, such as: Znamenny, Bulgarian, Greek, Byzantine chants, etc. This recording is an impressive example of orthodox chants and shows the beauty of Russia's religious songs. Information in 4 languages.
Songlist: Psalm 104, The Great Litany (Znamenny chant (liturgical chant), arranged by elder Theodosius) , Blessed is the Man (Kiev chant, Psalm 1, 2, 3), Lord, I have cried unto Thee (Tune of the Optina Puostyn Monastery), Stichera (Tune of Kiev-Pechera Lavra), Glory, Stichera ("At God's beck"), Joyful Light, Vouchsafe, O Lord (Tune of the Optina Puostyn Monastery, arranged by Abbot Matthew), Stichera in the Litany (Znamenny chant), Stichera in the Versicles (Znamenny chant, arranged by Regent Alexander), Now Lettest Thou Depart (V. Kurbatov), Hail, O Virgin
The Little Cuckoo
Review: The Optina Pustyn Male Choir consists of six to nine professional musicians trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The choir tours and has produced five CDs to date, but they are also part of the regular monastic choir at the Optina Pustyn Monastery in St. Petersburg. Singing in the tradition of the world famous Don Cossack Chorus directed by Sergei Jaroff the choir sings Russian traditional songs including favourites such as the 'Volga Boat Men' and the 'Legend of the Twelve Robbers' and others. Information in English, German, French and Spanish, plus complete lyrics in Russian with English translations.
Songlist: On Flute I Play my Sad Verses, Vivat Suite, Saintly Love, This is not a White Birch, Hey, You, Wide Steppe, The Little Cuckoo, A Winter Road, The Waves Are Sleepy, My Lovely Rowan Tree, The Volga Boat Men, The Legend of the Twelve Robbers, Steppe, Endless Steppe , The Lovely Night, In a Dark Wood , The Little Bell , Dignity, Song of Cherubs
Review: An original and exciting collection of anthems and other choral pieces written for the Orthodox Church and inspired by the Church in Russia, selected by Ralph Allwood. Partly because of the re-emergence of the Church in the former Soviet Union, interest in Christian musical sources alternative to the great body of the Anglican and other Western Christian traditions has grown sharply in recent years. Though the works presented here may be unfamiliar, they are all masterly. Designed to appeal to choirs of various levels, the collection includes a Kontakion and Ikos for the funeral service, anthems by Great Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Grechaninov; and composers from our age: Stravinsky, Schnittke, or Arvo Part speaking for a tradition outside the Orthodox Church, as well as settings of the Lord's Prayer in both Russian and English by John Tavener.
Songlist: Let My Prayer Arise, The Cherubic Hymn, We sing to Thee, Mother of God and Virgen, Blessed is the Man, The Cherubic Hymn, Come, Let Us Worship, Concerto for Mixed Chorus, Movement IV, Pater Noster, The Lord's Prayer, a. and b., The Cherubic Hymn, How Blessed Are They That Are Chosen by Thee, The Lord's Prayer, O Praise Him, We Sing to Thee, When Jesus Christ Was Yet a Child, Kontakion and Ikos for the Funeral Service
Review: Spirited, committed, manly singing. Soul-shaking stuff! The ensemble is incisive; soloists are marvelous. The folk melodies are enchanting. The songs - and the singers - are bound up in the cultural fabric of the Cossacks, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Trotsky, Nabakov... This music conveys the great romantic, dignified, boisterous soul of the Russian People.
Songlist: Kalinka, Partisan's Song, Souliko, Korobelniki, On the Road, My Country, The Red Army is the Srongest, Moscow Nights, Along Peterskaia Street, Smuglianka, Troika Group, Ah Nastassia, Echelon's Song, My Army, Civil War Songs: The Red Cavalry, Beyond the River, Hello On the Way, Bella Ciao, National Anthem of the USSR, Oh Fields, My Fields, The Cliff , The Cossacks , In the Central Steppes, Gandzia, Cossacks's Song, The Roads, Song of the Volga Boatman, Dark Eyes, Let's Go, The Birch Tree, The Road Song, The Samovars, Varchavianka, Slavery and Suffering
Review: A collection of 20 songs celebrating the first 20 years of this amazing chorus.
Songlist: Riders March, Troika, Little Field, When The Soldiers Sing, Nightingales, Dark Eyes, Kossack's Song, "Let's Drink!", Song Of The Volga Boat Men, Russian Song, Kalinka, Farewell Song, Escamillo Couplets, Dear Soul, Ukrainian Folk Song, Moscow Nights, May Nights, I Got Plenty Of Nothing, Granada, National Anthem Of The USSR
Review: Since its humble beginnings in the first decade of Stalin's rule, to performing over 1500 concerts at the frontlines in WWII, bolstering the besieged Russian troops' resolve, to the international acclaim that has followed them since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Red Army Choir is arguably the world's leading and most visual choral/dance ensemble. "Live in Paris" is a stunning group of 25 (actually 27, with bonus tracks "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells") pieces, from the testosterone-soaked "Russian National Anthem," "Oh Fields My Fields," "The Sacred War" (an apt anthem for a people who stopped the Nazi war machine in its bloody tracks), "Kalinka" and "On the Road" (A Soldier's Song); to dramatic and colorful dance numbers like "The Cossack Dance," "The Navy Dance" (where women first appear onstage), the high-kicking "Zaporoque's Cossacks" and "The Festival March" this is powerful, moving stuff throughout. Opera-quality Tenor and Baritone soloists, an orchestra that includes multiple balalaikas and accordions, and song selections like "Dark Eyes," "The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," "The Bandit's Chorus," "The March of the Toreadors," "Katioucha" and "Moscow Nights;" these are the soul of heroic romanticism. The bottom line: "Live in Paris" is great entertainment on many levels!
Songlist: The Russian National Anthem, Oh Fields My Fields (Song of the Plains), The Sacred War, In The Sunny Clearing, Kalinka, The Cossack Dance, We Sing To Thee, On The Road (A Soldier's Song), Smuglianka, A partisan's Song, Along The Peterskaya Road, Dark Eyes, The Navy Dance, The Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves, The Bandit's Chorus, Spanish Medley: Amapola/Valencia/Granada, Zaporogue's Cossacks, Excerpt from "Boris Godounov", The March Of The Toreadors, Nessun Dorma, Di Quella Pira, The Festival March, Katioucha, Moscow nights (Midnight In Moscow), Silent Night, Jingle Bells
Review: The internationally renowned and hugely popular Red Army Choir and Orchestra present Russian favourites. Popular songs such as Hey, Ukhem! (Volga Boatmen), Stenka Razin, Poliushko Polye, The Story of the Twelve Robbers, Kolokolchik (Ring The Bell), Kalinka, Vecernij Zvon (Evening Bells) and others.
Songlist: Hey, Iamscik Gonica Kiary (Hey Cabman), Hey, Ukhem! (Song of the Volga Boatmen), Kalitka (Open the Gate Gently), Stenka Razin, Amur's Waves, Poliushko Polye, Suliko, Vuidou Na Oulitsou (I Go Out Into The Street), The Story Of The Twelve Robbers, Kolokolchik (Ring The Bell), Za Dunaem, Radujsa Russko Zemle (Be Happy, Russian Lands, Be Happy, Russian People), All Around The Steppe, Russian Mosaic, Kalinka, Vecernij Zvon (Evening Bells)
Review: The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble was created in 1978 in Moscow, mostly to raise the cultural level and maintain the battle-readiness of the strategic rocket forces and other elements of the Red Army. A Russian proverb says "A fairy tale is a lie, but a song tells the truth." Fairy tales have become rare in present-day Russia, but folk tunes still form an integral part of daily life. Accompanied by the balalaika and the bayan (a large button-key accordion), these songs tell of love and loss, of sadness and solace, of brave deeds and everyday problems. Humor and dance can be found here, as well as melancholic longing and heroic pathos. Some favorites of the 18 songs: "Regimental Polka," "Kalinka," "Volga Boat Song," "The Swallow," "The Brave Don Cossacks," "Wait For Your Soldier," "Ochi Chornye-Dark Eyes," "In The Sunny Meadow," "The Cliff," and "On The March." All accompanied. "Kalinka" beautifully captures the brash power and deep emotions of the Red Star Red Army Chorus.
Songlist: Regimental Polka, Meadowland, Kalinka, Volga Boat Song, The Sun Set Behind a Mountain, The swallow, The Pine Trees Are Rustling, Kamarinskaya, The Brave Don Cossacks, Wait For Your Soldier, Ochi Chornye - Dark Eyes, Someone's Horse Is Standing There, In the Sunny Meadow, Flight of the Bumblebee, The Cliff, Dark Eyebrows, Dubinushka, On the March
Review: The Red Army Choir was formed out of Moscow's Central Army Club in 1928. Under the name Red Army Song Ensemble, twelve soldier-performers - a vocal octet, a bayan player, 2 dancers, and a reciter - officially performed for the first time on October 12, 1928, at the Frunze Club under the direction of their conductor, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, a young music professor at the Moscow Conservatory. The ensemble grew to serve as the official army choir of the former Soviet Union's Red Army. The choir consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble. The songs here range from Russian folk tunes to Church hymns, operatic arias popular music and patriotic songs.
Songlist: Russian Nation Anthem, Happy Girl, Moscow Night, Suliko, Oh, You Nightengale, Oh, You Rye, Twelve Robber, Varshavianka, Paganini Variations, Song Of The Flea, A Birch Tree Stood In The Meadow, Stenka Razin, Across The Valleys And The Mountains, Motherland, Seven Sons-In-Law, It's Good For Us Soldiers, In The Forest, Sports March
Review: Siberian-born Vissarion Shebalin (1902 1963) is best known for his instrumental music, which includes five symphonies and nine string quartets. Some of these have been heard on CD, but this is the first recording of the eight delightful, and very Russian, choral cycles he wrote from 1949. Shebalin had to endure much hardship; along with friend & colleague Shostakovich he was one of the composers condemned in the infamous 1948 Party congress in Moscow, and in later life he fought to overcome a series of crippling strokes.However, he faced these tribulations with understated but unshakable optimism, as these touching choruses reveal.
Songlist: Message to the Decembrists , Song about Stenka Razin , The Winter Road , Chattering Magpie , Echo, The Warrior's Grave, The Sail, The Cliff , Immortelle, The Wild Grapevine, Wormwood, The Cossack urged on his steed , A Mother's Thoughts of her Son, The Skylark , To a Birch Tree, Spring Beauty, Over the Burial-Mounds, Let Every Hour be Happy!, The Oak, It is fine to stroll in spring
Review: Folk, composed and orthodox church music from Georgia, Armenia, Macedonia and Bulgaria are heard on this recording by Slavyanka. Selections include, "Vo Tsarstvii Tvoyem" by Dmitri Khristov with an especially lovely tenor solo and "Milost' Mira/Tyebe Poyem" by Nikolai Kompaneyski with its very warm bass lines. The recording also includes brief introductions explaining the meanings and sources of each song. Led by Gregory Smirnov deep bass voices and high tenors lift you with their expression of the Slavic soul in song.
Songlist: Alleluia (Byzantine Chant), Alleluia (Stevan Mocranjac), Otche Nash (Vladimir Licina), Vo Tsarstvii Tvoyem (Dmitri Khristov), Milost Mira / Tyebe Poyem (Nikolai Kompaneyski), Jovano Jovanke (Trad. Macedonian), Ne Sedi Dzemo (Trad. Macedonian), Lezginka (arr. Sergei Zharov), Kristos I Medj (Komitas Vartabed), Vocalize (Komitas Vartabed), Surp (Komitas Vartabed), Tsmindao Khmerto (Georgian Chant), Shen Khar (Trad. Georgian), Kviria (Trad. Georgian), I Av Nana (Trad. Georgian), Lashkruli (Trad. Georgian), Tsangala Da Gogona (Trad. Georgian)
Review: This third album by the Northern California chorus, Slavyanka, is an assortment of Russian sacred, secular, classical and folk music. It is intended to be a journey through Russian history to explore where soul and spirit have taken shape in music. The music draws on the traditions of the Orthodox Church and Byzantine chant and the often suppressed folk songs and includes compositions of the Russian nationalist composers like Musorgsky and Shostakovich. Led by founder Paul Andrews, this group is helping to bring the religious and secular choral traditions of Russia and other regions of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world.
Songlist: Gradual Antiphon (Znamenny chant, tone 2), Glory to God in the Highest (D.S. Bortniansky), Let My Prayer Arise (P. Chesnokov), The Good Thief (P. Chesnokov), Cherubic Hymn (G. Lomakin), In the Dark Forest (Traditional, 17th C), The Birch Tree (Traditional), The Snowstorm (A.E. Varlamov), Shall I Go? (Traditional), Oh, You Steppe (Tradtional, 17th C.), Borodino (text: M. Lermontov), Schelkalov's Aria (M. Musorgsky), Pilgrims Chorus (M. Musorgsky), The Winds Blew Softly (arr. D. Shostakovich), Oh You Roads (A. Novikov, text: L. Osanin), Song of the Arbat (B. Okudzhava), My Soul Years for the Heavens (G. Sviridov, text: S. Yesenin), Gradual Antiphon (conclusion) (Znamenny chant, tone 2)
Review: This acclaimed men's chorus are excellent on this collection of some of the great a cappella pieces from the Russian Church.
Songlist: Otche nash (Our Father) , Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the Man, Sye nynye blagoslovitye Gospoda (Behold, Bless the Lord) , Spasi, Gospoddi, lyudi Tvoya (O Lord, Save Thy People), Plotiyu usnuv (Having Fallen Asleep) , Na ryekakh vavilonskikh (By the Rivers of Babylon) , Voskliknitye Gospodyevi (Make a Joyful Noise) , Glasom moim (With my Voice) , Milost' mira (For the Mercy of Peace) , Spasyeniyi sodyelal (Salvation is Created) , Svyetye tikhii (O Gladsome Light) , Dostoin yest' (Is Is Fitting) , Pryeidye syen' (The Shadow of the Las Passed Away), Nynye otpushchayeshi (Lord, Now Lettest Thou They Servant Depart), Milost' mira (For the Mercy of Peace) , Otche nash (Our Father) , Slava v vyshnikh (Glory to God in the HIghest)
Review: Shvedov, with Jaroff, was the primary arranger for the famed "Don Cossack" Chorus. He wrote this liturgy for male voice while living in New York in the 1930s. Never performed in his lifetime, Slavyanka had the honor of presenting the world premiere of this magnificent piece in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.
Songlist: Velikaya yektenia (The Greater Litany, Blagoslovi (Bless the Lord, O my Soul), Malaya yektenia (Lesser Litany), Slava; Yedinorodny (Glory; The Only-begotten Son), Malaya yektenia (Lesser Litany), Vo tsartvii tvoyem (In Thy Kingdom), Priidite, poklonimsya (O Come, Let Us Worship), Gospodi, spasi blagochestivya (Lord Save the Faithful, Trisagion), Sugubaja yejtenia (Special Litany), Zaupokoinaya yektenia (Litany for the Dead), Yektenia ob oglashennykh (Litany of the Catechumens), Izhe kheruvymi (Cherubic Hymn), Yektenia prosityel'naya (Litany of Supplication), Ottsa i Syna, i Svyatago Dukha (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Vyeruyu (I Believe), Milost' mira (Grace of Peace), Dostoino yest' (It Is Meet), Yektenia prosityel'naya (Litany of Supplication), Otche nash (Our Father), Ne imamy inyya promoshchi (We Have No Other Help), Vidyekhom Svyet Istinny; Da ispolnyatsya usta nasha (We Have Seen the True Light; Let Our Mouths Be Filled), Malaya yektenia; Budi Imya Gospodne; Konyets Liturgia (Lesser Litany; The Name of the Lord Forever; End of the Liturgy)
Review: A collection of the Our Father, Otche Nash, as realized by many composers over several centuries; includes compositions by Rachmaninov, Stravinski, Tchaikovski, Chesnokov, Shvedov, and Sheremetev, in addition to several contemporary settings.
Songlist: The Great Littany, Otche Nash - Stolp Chant, Otche Nash - Kievan Chant, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Otche Nash, Jesus Prayer, The Angel Cried
Review: This rare and historic program was filmed on location in the former Soviet Union The brilliant ensemble consisted of about 200 entertainers including a choir and choreographic troupe, who traveled the front lines, entertaining Soviet troops by performing more than 1500 concerts during World War II. This entertaining DVD brings to life the essence of Russian music and performance with spectacular singing, dancing and acrobatics.
Songlist: Forward, on the Way, The Birch Tree, Under the Elm Tree, Under the Oak, Kamarinskaya, The Golden Rye, Dance of the Soldiers, Listen, Stenka Razin , Meadowland, Down the Peterskaya Road, The Gray Cuckoo, Dance of the Cossacks, Song of the Volga Boatmen, The Girl Next Door, Kalinka, Lovely Moonlit Night, Dance of the Zaporozhye Cossacks, Forward, on the Way (Reprise)
Review: Created in 1992, at the end of the Soviet era, when freedom of religious expression was once again permitted, the Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow's Schnittke Institute of Music has a repertoire that understandably deals with the spiritual exultation of religious celebration. Besides music of Russian composers, the Choir's repertoire includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque, Viennese classics, and 18th and 19th-century Romantic masterpieces. Favorites are "The Russian Soil: Chants dedicated to Russian Saints," Tchaikovsky's "Prayer of Repentance for Russia" and "Eucharist from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom," Alexander Arkhangelsky's "I cried out to the Lord," Pavel Chesnokov's "Blessed is the Man" and "The Angel Cried," Nicolai Lebedev's "Funeral Mass," Valery Kikta's "Hymn to the Holy Virgin," and Alfred Schnittke's (founder of the Institute of Music) "Three Sacred Chorales." Tremendous depth, feeling and spirituality comes through the music of the Spiritual Revival Choir, directed by Lev Kontorovich. Beautiful and inspirational!
Songlist: The Russian Soil: Chants dedicated to Russian Saints, Prayer of Repentance from Russia (Peter Tchaikovsky), Eucharist from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Peter Tchaikovsky), I cried out to the Lord (Alexander Arkhangelsky), Three choruses from the cycle "Days of Battle" (Pavel Chesnokov), Blessed is the Man (Pavel Chesnokov), The Angel Cried (Pavel Chesnokov), Praise the Lord, O my Soul (Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov), Three selections from "Vespers" (Vladislav Agafonnikov), Selections from "Funeral Mass" (Nikolai Lebedev), St. Dimitry Rostovsky's Pslam of Repentance (Valery Kikta), Hymn to the Holy Virgin (Valery Kikta), Three Sacred Chorales (Alred Schnittke)
Review: Based at Moscow's Schnittke Institute of Music, the 37-strong, mixed-voice Spiritual Revival Choir of Russia was founded in 1992 by director and arranger Lev Kontorovich. The first 15 songs of "Sounds" are Russian Orthodox sacred choral music from the late 1800s up until the Russian Revolution, featuring composers such as Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky, four movements from the "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41," three versions of "Gladsome Light" (by Alexander Kastalsky, Viktor Kalinnikov and Anatoly Koselev, 6 songs by Pavel Chesnokov including "The Cherubic Hymn Op. 27," Rodion Shchedrin's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and Valery Kitka's lovely "The Stars Are Falling in the Night." The next 8 songs are sacred music by German composers, including two cuts by Schubert, Hugo Wolf's "Komm, Trost der Welt," one each by Niel van der Watt and Olivier Messiaen, Mozart's wonderful "Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore" and two fine songs by Bach, "Ave Maria" and "Invention No. 8." "Sounds" is simply magnificent, every cut is stunningly beautiful!
Songlist: The Creed, A Mercy of Peace, We Hymn Thee, It is Truly Fitting, Gladsome Light, Praise the Lord from the Heavens; Op. 10, No. 5, What Shall We Call Thee, O Full of Grace, Op. 43, No. 2, O Lord, Save... And Hold God, Op. 38, No. 1, It Is Truly Fitting, Beneath Thy Mercy We Seek Refuge, The Cherubic hymn (Safroniev Monastery Chant), Op. 27, No. 5, Blazheni, yazhe izbral (How blessed are they) (Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky), Gladsome Light (Kalinnikov), Gladsome Light (Koselev), Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Stars Are Falling In The Night, Heilig is der Herr (Holy is God), Schlussgesang (Closing Chorus), Komm, Trost der Welt (Resignation), Unser Vater (Our Father), O Sacrum Convivium, Ave maria, Invention No. 8, Laudate Dominum from Versperae solennes de confessore
Review: The Orthodox Christians of Russia have long celebrated the great mid-winter feast of the Nativity, a time of intense fasting and prayer followed by feasting. The St. Petersburg Chamber Choir brings us little-known choral music by composers such as Aleksandr Grechaninov (1864-1956) "Voskliknite Gospodevi vsya zemlya, Op. 19 No. 2," and Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944) " No. 1 "Presvyataya Bogoroditse" and anonymous composers ("Dobr'ii vechir Tobi," "Pavochka khodit" and "Nova radist' stala") that tell the Christmas story from the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. There are 20 beautiful, intense, soaring selections here, especially from mezzo-soprano soloist Olga Borodina.
Songlist: Voskliknite Gospodevi vsya zemlya, Op. 19 No. 2, Bororoditse Devo, Tebe Poem, Perelozheniya iz obikhoda, No. 1 Slava v v'ishnikh Bogu, No. 2 Rozhdestvo tvoe, Christe bozhe nash, No. 9 Khvalite Gospoda s nebes, Velichit dusha moya Gospoda, Op. 93, Deva dnes', Sacred Choral Works, Op. 43, No. 1 Presvyataya Bogoroditse, No. 3 Miloserdiya dveri otverzi nam, No. 4 Ne umolchim nikogda, Bogoroditse, No. 6 Zastupnitse userdnaya, Dubr'ii vechir Tobi, Rozhdestvo Christovo angel priletel, Nebo i zemlya, Pavochka khodit, Noch tikha noch svyata, Nova radist' stala, Vzglyani syuda, Rozhdestvo Khristovo ves mir prazdnuet
Review: The St. Petersburg Chamber Choir and their director, Nikolai Korniev, show off subbasement basses, soaring sopranos and a rich, well-blended sound in "Russian Easter," a group of eleven settings for Easter worship by Alexander Grechaninov, Dmitri Bortnyansky and other masters of Russian church music. The compositions were written variously from the 18th century through the present, but all stay true to the spirit and aesthetic of the Orthodox tradition. Those who find plainchant a little on the monotonous side but are still looking for a spiritual element in music will find much to admire and enjoy in these beautifully sung presentations.
Songlist: Alleluia Behold The Bridegroom , Gentle Light , Of Thy Mystical Supper , The Wise Thief , Let All Moral Flesh Keep Silent , In The Flesh Thou Didst Fall Asleep, The Paschal Hours , Paschal Hymn To The Virgin, To Day All Creation , Come O People, Give Ear To , My Prayer
Review: The Volga Choir and the Sveshknikov Choir are two of the large (a hundred or more voices) vocal ensembles who are famous not only in Russia, where they tour extensively, but increasingly in musical centers of the Western world. Their extensive repertory of folk songs tell of shared work, the courage of folk heroes, communal joy at births, marriages and harvests, wretchedness because of conscription or war. 16 powerful, deep-bassed songs, some favorites: "Evening Bells," "The Broad and Rolling Steppe," the lovely "Do Not Blame Me," "The Pear Tree," "Between Steep Banks," "The Drake Went Courting," "Aliona," "Snowfall" and "Do Not Revive Memories of the Past." Some light accompaniment with accordion, harmonica and other instruments. These are songs of deep feeling and strength with some amazing solos and powerful harmonies. "Folk Song" is an authentic Russian treat!
Songlist: Evening Bells, From a Distant Land, The Broad and Rolling Steppe, Alone I Stand on the Road, At the Blacksmiths, Do Not Blame Me, The Pear Tree, Samara Town, Between Steep Banks, Down the Volga River, The Drake Went Courting, Aliona, Singing in the Choir, Snowfall, The Lonely Accordian, Do Not Revive Memories of the Past
Review: The spiritual culture of Russia is reflected in the beauty of its churches and monasteries, paintings and frescoes that adorn them and - above all - in the sacred music that is sung in them. This program celebrates the history of Christmas in Russia and features 15 beautiful holiday songs. Holy Russia is a vocal and musical treasure that you will enjoy year after year.
Songlist: Today Christ, God Is With Us, From My Youth, The Golden Ring, The Cherubic Hymn, Holy Day Troparion, Song of the Magi, Rejoice the Righteous, Credo, Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Nunc Dimittis, Kaliadka, Epiphany Troparion, The Cherubic Hymn, Praise the Name of the Lord
Review: "Kalinka" is about a young man sitting under a red berry bush (Kalinka), singing of his feelings for his sweetheart. The expressiveness of the song is achieved through the contrast between a lively and rhythmic chorus and the more legato and subdued verses. The Russian folk song "One Day By The River A Young Cossack Roamed" is transcribed and arranged here based on a version sung by Olga and Kristina Bashirin in Irkutsk, Russia, in July of 1993. Includes both English and Russian text with pronunciation guide for the Russian.
Songlist: Kalinka, One Day By The River A Young Cossack Roamed
Review: The choral music of the Russian Orthodox Church is designed to set the soul soaring beyond earthly cares. Sung by the finest Russian and Bulgarian choirs, this extraordinary collection of transcendent prayers and hymns highlights a timeless Russian tradition of faith and devotion. Lush harmonies float in space, angelic high voices pour down from heaven, deep bass voices intone from the center of the earth, and the great bronze bells toll with awesome grandeur. The solemn ecstasy in the music of the Russian Orthodox Church can trace its roots back to the earliest days of Christian worship, via the great Byzantine Empire of the Near East. It presents an uncompromising search for peaks and depths of expressive fervor, aloof from all gimmicks. That was true of the music's multi-cultural roots as monastic chant, and was maintained as it evolved into full choral harmony in the late Romantic period.
Songlist: Russian Cathedral Bells, Great Ektenia, Hymn of Praise , Hymn of the Cherubim, Hymn of the Cherumbim, Our Father , Fervent Supplication , The Noble Joseph , Amen, And with Thy Spirit , I Have Chosen the Blissful , Hymn of the Cherubim, Final Bells
Review: The psalm "Miserere mei Deus" is a prayer for mercy, contrition and renewal. Since the 1630s, Gregorio Allegri's famous setting has been sung at dawn during Holy Week, while the Pope kneels in prayer in the solemn candlelit atmosphere of the Sistine Chapel. This contemporary version, recorded in the spectral grandeur of Osnabruck Cathedral, adds new material composed by Vladimir Ivanoff to the ethereal harmonies of the Osnabruck Youth Choir and the elegiac brass tones of the cornetto, recreating the mysterious beauty of this sacred classic.
Songlist: Miserere Mei, Et Secundum, Amplius , Tibi Soli, Ecce Enim, Asperges Me, Averte Faciem, Cor Mundum, Danza I, Quoniam Si Voluisses, Tunc Acceptabis, Sofferenza, Tunc Imponent, Danza II
Review: What could be more sublime than a wall of dark, rotund Russian voices shimmering against the rising, ornate walls of a great cathedral? Not much, and this compilation of absolutely magnificent music proves it. The label Hearts of Space returns on this third choral collection to the ominous Slavic chant of their first choral album, Sacred Treasures I, which gathered together recordings of stunning Bulgarian and Russian choirs portraying the sacred works of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and other composers. Whereas Treasures I pulled from varied sections of sacred liturgies, including solo passages, Treasures III most often stays in harmonic chant with select voices occasionally rising and rolling in polyphonic heavenly calls. The collective voice draws the emotive tension taut here, as on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Our Father," which uses the absence of darkness to later juxtapose bold, rising drama. The Kiev chant "Blessed Art Thou O Lord" sends chills down the spine as the whispering consonants of the Russian language skip across the ancient repetition like sand skitters over a stormy beach. This is a collection as breathtakingly beautiful as the Cathedral of the Dormition itself. Not to be missed.
Songlist: Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom, Sourp Sourp (Holy Holy), Lord Have Mercy , The Mercy of Peace, Komm, susser Tod, Serenade, Grant Us This O Lord , Our Father , Gloria (Excerpt) , Peaceful Light, Praise the Lord O My My Soul (Greek Chant) , Blessed art thou, O Lord , Chorali , Amen, Alleluia
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