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Serene Ecstasy - The Light & Sorrow Of Orthodox Russia


Release Date: 08/29/2000 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3264   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander ArkhangelskyPavel ChesnokovAlexandre Agafonnikov,   ... 
Performer:  Sergei AksionovElena KhmaraViktoria SmirnovaDenis Khramov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow was created in 1992, at the end of the Soviet era, a time when religious freedom was once again permitted in Russia. The choir's repertoire includes music of the renaissance, baroque, classical and romantic periods, as well as music by contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke. 'Serene Ecstasy' features the choir in sacred music by Russian composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The choir opens the program with "The Russian Soil," a hymn dedicated to Russian saints that is memorable for its rhythmic drive and exalted tone. Two sacred pieces by Tchaikovsky are marked by drama and, in "Eucharist" from the 'Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,' a sense of joy. The group's lush tonal quality is
Read more ideal in Ippolitov-Ivanov's pacific "Praise the Lord, O My Soul."
This recording consistently impresses with its excellent singing and fascinating repertoire; surely it's an ideal recording for all lovers of sacred music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Eucharist by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Language: Russian 
2.
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Prayer of repentance by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Language: Russian 
3.
I cried out to the Lord by Alexander Arkhangelsky
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
4.
In Days of Battle, Op. 45: no 1, On the bed of suffering by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
5.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, Op. 40 no 1 by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
6.
Blessed is the Man, Op. 37 no 2 by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Sergei Aksionov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
7.
Tha angel cried by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Elena Khmara (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
8.
Vespers: Joyful Light by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
9.
Angel by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
10.
St. Dimitry Rostovsky's Psalm of Repentance by Valeri Grigorevich Kikta
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Language: Russian 
11.
Hymn to the Holy Virgin by Valeri Grigorevich Kikta
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Language: Russian 
12.
Russian soil appears under the God today by Traditional
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Language: Russian 
13.
Rejoice, pure Virgin, Mother of God by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
14.
In Days of Battle, Op. 45: Deliver us from evil by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
15.
In Days of Battle, Op. 45: Mother of God by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
16.
My soul bless the Lord by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
17.
Vespers: Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant depart by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
18.
Vespers: Rejoice, Virgin, Mother of God by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Language: Russian 
19.
Prayer by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer:  Sergei Aksionov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
20.
Funeral Mass: Let them rest in peace, O Lord by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
21.
Funeral Mass: Lux aeterna by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer:  Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
22.
Funeral Mass: With Thy Holy Ones let them rest in eternity by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
23.
Funeral Mass: God have mercy on us by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer:  Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano), Denis Khramov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
24.
Funeral Mass: Blessed Assumption by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer:  Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano), Denis Khramov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
25.
Funeral Mass: Eternal memory by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer:  Denis Khramov (Baritone), Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Russian 
26.
O Lord Jesus Christ by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 
27.
Our Father by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century 

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