Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Composed in 1910, but only reconstructed from parts as late as the 1980s, after a long period of obscurity, the "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" is one of Sergey Rachmaninov's most profoundly moving choral works, as well as one of his most harmonically rich and sonically radiant compositions. This setting of the Liturgy, along with Rachmaninov's "Vespers" and other sacred pieces, enjoyed a significant revival in the 1990s during the general awakening of interest in religious music for meditative listening, and their popularity has continued through periodic releases of first-rate recordings. This 2010 SACD by the Latvian Radio Choir is an excellent example of a ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Composed in 1910, but only reconstructed from parts as late as the 1980s, after a long period of obscurity, the "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" is one of Sergey Rachmaninov's most profoundly moving choral works, as well as one of his most harmonically rich and sonically radiant compositions. This setting of the Liturgy, along with Rachmaninov's "Vespers" and other sacred pieces, enjoyed a significant revival in the 1990s during the general awakening of interest in religious music for meditative listening, and their popularity has continued through periodic releases of first-rate recordings. This 2010 SACD by the Latvian Radio Choir is an excellent example of a phenomenally polished ensemble delivering the Liturgy with sublime expression and subtle textures, all with an appropriate reverence for Orthodox Christian worship even though this setting was never embraced by the church because of its advanced harmonies. Yet this is such a gorgeous-sounding performance in all its aspects, listeners really can't be blamed for appreciating or even luxuriating in the lushness of the choir's a cappella chanting, the steady but seemingly timeless tempos, and the embracing resonance of the spacious Dome Cathedral in Riga, where this recording was made in 2008. Ondine's DSD reproduction is spotless, and the wonderful sound reveals full sonic dimensions and a wide frequency range. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195115152
  • Catalog Number: 1151-5
  • Sales rank: 92,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–18 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Reijo Kiilunen (58:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Latvian Radio Choir Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rachmaninov Liturgy

    The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Sergei Rachmaninov is featured on a new recording by the Latvian Radio Choir on the Ondine Label. This full-time professional choir was founded in 1940 and is currently led by Sigvards Klava. This a wonderful recording. The choir sings with great expressiveness and each part is well balanced. The tone quality is beautiful and the diction is first rate. If you close your eyes and listen you can almost imagine that you are in the Riga Dome Cathedral where this cd was recorded. I highly recommend this cd.

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