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Credo / Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Release Date: 08/30/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446089   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pavel Nilych TolstyakovM. BurgaminDobri ChristovA. Strumski,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don’t be put off by the cover, showing Hvorostovsky’s eyes overlaid on some ecclesiastical vaulting: this is an impressive anthology in many ways, containing some unusual music and demonstrating a close collaboration between choir and soloist. Inevitably in this repertoire, Hvorostovsky does not, for the most part, have tremendously virtuosic writing to deal with. Instead he is called upon to sing convincingly and sincerely without being sentimental, and he achieves this very well indeed. Listen, for example, to the choir’s shimmering stillness of Tolstyakov’s Come to me, all you who labour (track 1) in the midst of which Hvorostovsky’s radiant, rich entry marks the beginning of a beautifully shaped line. Burmagin’s otherwise unimpressive Read more The good thief (track 2) offers the soloist the opportunity to use his silvery upper register, and he is even more impressive in the third track, Khristov’s Praise ye, which effectively places choir and soloist in exultant dialogue.

The two pieces by Sakhnovsky (without soloist) are a real discovery, as hardly any of his music is published. The Cherubic Hymn shows a very imaginative use of choral divisi and its essentially modal language is made piquant by the use of unexpected diatonic dissonances. In the Lord’s Prayer the sopranos’ vibrato is at times somewhat intrusive. The series of pieces by Chesnokov which follows confirms just what a fine composer he was. These works are tremendously resourceful and extremely well performed. Choir and soloist achieve a magical pianissimo in track 10, Let my prayer, and there is also superb control in the final We praise Thee. In Blessed is the Man (track 8), however, I feel that the choir is not present enough and that too much prominence is accorded the soloist; for an alternative approach, listen to Grindenko’s male voice version on Opus 111. A fine release.

-- Gramophone (10/1997)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Come to me, all you who labour by Pavel Nilych Tolstyakov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
Language: Russian 
2.
The Good Thief by M. Burgamin
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
3.
Praise ye the name of the Lord by Dobri Christov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bulgaria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
4.
Great Doxology by A. Strumski
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
5.
Cherubic Hymn by Yuri S. Sakhnovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
6.
The Creed by Alexander Arkhangelsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
7.
Our Father by Yuri S. Sakhnovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
8.
Blessed is the Man, Op. 37 no 2 by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
9.
From my youth by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
10.
Let my prayer be set forth before Thee by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
11.
Gabriel appeared by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
12.
Strengthen, O Lord by Kosolapov,
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 
13.
We praise thee by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul 

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