Orthodox Chants from Russia

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Orthodox Chants From Russia is a nice album of basic choral chants from the Opina Pustyn Male Choir, formed in St. Petersburg a mere eight or nine years ago. The repertoire of the choir includes some bits of secular music, but here they present solely the spiritual end of things. The album starts with a nice call-and-response rendition of a psalm, then moves into the litany that opens Orthodox services. More pieces of psalms are presented, as are a number of stichera (poetry sung between psalms), ending on a Hail Mary. The performance is kept in a rather austere form throughout the proceedings, but the depth of the voices works well with it to add a level of power. There...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Orthodox Chants From Russia is a nice album of basic choral chants from the Opina Pustyn Male Choir, formed in St. Petersburg a mere eight or nine years ago. The repertoire of the choir includes some bits of secular music, but here they present solely the spiritual end of things. The album starts with a nice call-and-response rendition of a psalm, then moves into the litany that opens Orthodox services. More pieces of psalms are presented, as are a number of stichera (poetry sung between psalms), ending on a Hail Mary. The performance is kept in a rather austere form throughout the proceedings, but the depth of the voices works well with it to add a level of power. There are some parallels to be heard here with related styles, such as Gregorian chant and Byzantine chant (and even Kosovar Islamic chant), but at the same time there are aspects specific to the Russian version of Orthodoxy. Give it a listen for the beauty of the polyphony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037184625
  • Catalog Number: 1846
  • Sales rank: 104,546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psalm 104: Bless the Lord, O my soul - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (8:20)
  2. 2 The Great Litany - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (3:47)
  3. 3 Blessed Is the Man - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (8:21)
  4. 4 Lord, I have cried unto Thee (Tune of the Optina Pustyn Monastery) - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (1:13)
  5. 5 Stichera (tune of Kiev-Pechera Lavra) - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (5:30)
  6. 6 Glory, Stichera ("At God's Back") - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (3:28)
  7. 7 Joyful Light - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (3:52)
  8. 8 Vouchsafe, O Lord - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (1:39)
  9. 9 Stichera in the Litany - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (4:29)
  10. 10 Stichera in the Versicles - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (7:25)
  11. 11 Now Lettest Thou Depart - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (2:29)
  12. 12 Hail, O Virgin - Optina Pustyn Male Choir (1:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Optina Pustyn Male Choir of St. Petersburg Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jesse Reuben Wilson Cover Design
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