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Vissarion Shebalin - Complete A Cappella Choral Cycles

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

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.

Item code: 22166C | 1 CD | $17.95 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | Russia
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