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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: A New Joy

Song NameComposer
Our FatherKedrov
Rejoice, O VirginArvo Part
Verses Before The Six Psalms No.2Kastalsky
Shepards Of BethlehemKastalsky
Oh, What A Wonder Barvinsky
Today The Virgin Gives Birth Kastalsky
Verses Before The Six Psalms No. 1Kastalsky
The Angels ExclaimedStetsenko
A New JoyStetsenko
Bells Rang Early In JerusalemYatsynevych
When Augustus Ruled Alone Upon The Earth Kastalsky
A Song Of Good CheerLeontovych
Throughout The WorldStetsenko
The LegendTchaikovsky
Christ Is BornIzvekov
God Is With US Kastalsky
Blessed is The Man

Drawing upon the rich treasury of 19th and 20th century liturgical hymns and carols of the nativity feast, this unique collection of Orthodox music from Russia and the Urkraine includes several first recordings of music by composers who were suppressed by the Soviet government. At the end of the 19th-century, Alexander Kastalsky founded the world-famous Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing. Bolshevik persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church forced the closing of the school and the disbanding of the choir. Georgiy Izvekov, a priest and well-respected composer of liturgical music, was arrested in 1931 for 'anti-Soviet activities' and was executed by firing squad. Important choral composers in the Ukraine met with similar fates - for example, Vasyl Barvinskyi was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment by the Soviet government. Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in this gloriously atmospheric collection of Christmas music, which begins with the tolling of the bells of St Alexander's cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia.

Item code: 8429C | 1 CD | $15.95 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | Estonia
HMX 2927410

Related: Estonian Choral Music