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The Sacred Spirit of Russia / Conspirare


Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807526   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexandr KastalskyVladimir MartynovPavel TchesnokovProtopsaltes Ioannes,   ... 
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] CoakwellSonja DuToit TengbladJulie McCoyNicole Greenidge,   ... 
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in:   
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Everything is rooted in the bass, as it should be, and the forward brightness of the upper voices creates thrilling friction against their darker tones. This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud.

– Gramophone [3/2014]

From the outset, Conspirare sing with thrilling weight and accuracy; also, the acoustic of this Texas church provides a near-ideal performing space for the feast of antiphons, hymns, and prayers that follows… Conspirare breathe new life into this repertoire; a joy from start to finish.

– MusicWeb International

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To understand and partake of
Read more the "Sacred Spirit of Russia" requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendor of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over a thousand years. The sacred music of the "New Russian Choral School" features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented color and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of their finest works in this genre.
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Works on This Recording

1. Great Doxology (Glory to the Father / Glory be to God on High) by Alexandr Kastalsky
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] Coakwell ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. The Beatitudes, for string quartet by Vladimir Martynov
Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad (), Julie McCoy (), Nicole Greenidge ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Written: 1998 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Come, Let Us Worship, Op. 8/2 by Pavel Tchesnokov
Performer:  Bradford [Tenor Vocal] Gleim ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Today the Virgin by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5. Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 7/1 by Pavel Tchesnokov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6. Milost' Mira (For the Mercy of Peace) by Alexandr Kastalsky
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] Coakwell (), Bradford [Tenor Vocal] Gleim ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Ode 1 From the Kanon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (8th September) by Protopsaltes Ioannes
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] Coakwell ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8. Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42/9) by Pavel Tchesnokov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9. We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ), for chorus by Andrei Ilyashenko
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10. Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, for chorus, Op. 40/5 by Pavel Tchesnokov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] Coakwell ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12. Our Father by Nikolai Kedrov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13. Liturgy, Op. 37: No. 2 Bless the Lord, O My Soul by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
14. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom no 2, Op. 29: Glory... / Only Begotten Son by Alexander Grechaninov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15. Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, No. 4), for chorus by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom no 2, Op. 29: Credo by Alexander Grechaninov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
17. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom no 2, Op. 29: Our Father by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Dann [Tenor (Vocal)] Coakwell ()
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18. A Wondrous Birth, for chorus by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
19. The Seven Days of the Passion, Op. 58: no 6, Now the powers of heaven by Alexander Grechaninov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20. Liturgica domestica, Op. 79: Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years by Alexander Grechaninov
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
21. As Many Have Been Baptized, Znamenny chant for chorus, Op. 18c by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Craig Hella-Johnson
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Te 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 What a wonderful sound! June 23, 2014 By Herschel V. Anderson (Mesa, AZ) See All My Reviews "Conspirare has provided us a joyful sound in their presentation of this collection of Russian choral music. Their singing is so clear and crisp, yet so melodic, that this listener had to put all else aside so he could absorb their singing into his soul. It is that kind of music. Glenn Miller's basso profundo is so powerful it can rattle windows. I would give this recording a sixth star if one were available." Report Abuse
 well done....very clear sound June 11, 2014 By Robert D. (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "all voices very accomplished. Recording very clear& Music selection fine. Enjoyed recording many times....." Report Abuse
 Holy Breath June 10, 2014 By L. Downer (Billings, MT) See All My Reviews "Superb work for non native singers. The information that comes with the CD is worth the cost alone. Well done." Report Abuse
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