The Sacred Spirit of Russia

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

by Conspirare

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The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Conspirare's 2014 release on Harmonia Mundi is a collection of sacred choral music in the Russian Orthodox tradition, drawn primarily from works by Sergey Rachmaninov, Alexander Kastalsky, and Alexander Gretchaninov, but including selections by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Vladimir Martynov, and Pavel Tchesnokov, among other composers. All of these pieces reflect the "New Russian Choral School," the practice of liturgical music developed by the 19th century, which bore the influences of Polish, Italian, and German choral music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, mixed with Slavic polyphony and the older Byzantine, Znamenny, and Demestvenny chants. The monumental harmonies of this music are chanted a cappella, and the richness of the textures is reinforced by the low notes of the basses, which give the sound a deep resonance and special warmth. Examples are given from the Matins service, the Liturgy of the Word, and the "sacred concertos" performed at Communion, so the different purposes for these chants are made clear, though listeners may find the intense expressions of reverence and joy to be most immediate. This 40-voice chamber choir was vibrantly recorded in St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, and the responsive acoustics give the ensemble a glorious luster appropriate to the music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2014
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0093046752668
catalogNumber: 807526

Tracks

  1. Great Doxology (Glory to the Father / Glory be to God on High)  (07:37)
  2. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 37: No. 2 Bless the Lord, O My Soul

    1. No. 2 Bless the Lord, O My Soul  (02:39)
  3. Second Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 29: No. 2 Glory... / Only Begotten Son

    1. No. 2 Glory... / Only Begotten Son  (02:34)
  4. The Beatitudes, for string quartet  (05:15)
  5. Come, Let Us Worship, Op. 8/2  (01:47)
  6. Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, No. 4), for chorus  (01:23)
  7. Today the Virgin Gives Birth (Deva dnes), for choir  (01:53)
  8. As Many Have Been Baptized, Znamenny chant for chorus, Op. 18c  (02:14)
  9. Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 7/1  (04:34)
  10. Second Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 29: No. 8 The Creed

    1. No. 8 The Creed  (04:29)
  11. Milost' Mira (For the Mercy of Peace)  (07:43)
  12. Ode 1 From the Kanon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (8th September)  (02:28)
  13. Second Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 29: No. 11 Our Father

    1. No. 11 Our Father  (04:42)
  14. Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42/9)  (02:06)
  15. A Wondrous Birth, for chorus  (03:56)
  16. We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ), for chorus  (03:03)
  17. Strastnaya Sed'mista (Liturgy of Holy Week), for chorus, Op. 58: No. 6 Now the Powers of Heaven

    1. No. 6 Now the Powers of Heaven  (05:07)
  18. Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, for chorus, Op. 40/5  (04:48)
  19. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: No. 18 Let Our Mouths Be Filled

    1. No. 18 Let Our Mouths Be Filled  (04:31)
  20. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: No. 19 Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

    1. No. 19 Blessed Be the Name of the Lord  (00:46)
  21. Liturgia Domestica for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 79: Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years

    1. Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years  (01:04)
  22. Our Father  (02:57)

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