Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The longevity of Grechaninov - he died in New York aged 91 - was matched by his productivity. He studied with Arensky, Taneyev and Rimsky-Korsakov. Chandos (symphonies; Passion Week) have done him proud as have MD&G (quartets). Here however is an ex-Olympia recording of his fourth version (for mixed voices) of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. This dates from his long New York spell - he died there. As Per Skans’ extensive notes point out he left Russia in 1925. If Olympia are looking for further projects then I hope that they might look at re-licensing Olympia OCD 586 where the second and fourth symphonies are conducted respectively by Edvard Chivzhel (rec. 1983) and the usually challenging and turbulent Algis Zuraitis (rec.
1977). Meantime this sincere, devout sequence in which the commanding voices of the Priest Fathers contrast with the nicely judged warm tones of the choir. Nothing showy here and few concessions to art music. You are never left in any doubt that this is an extended practical devotional work. The booklet includes a translation (not track-linked) of what is sung but not the Russian language text itself. This will surely please Grechaninov enthusiasts "
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom no 4, Op. 177 by Alexander Grechaninov
Cantus Sacred Music Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943; USA
Date of Recording: 1994
Venue: Studio No. 5, Moscow Radio Broadcasting
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