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Fire Of The Soul / The Rose Ensemble


Release Date: 11/01/2005 
Label:  Rose Ensemble   Catalog #: 5   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mikolaj ZielenskiMaciej ZielinskiAndrzej RohaczewskiVasily Polikarp Titov,   ... 
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program will surprise many listeners who may at first think these early works from Eastern Europe belong to the Italy of Gabrieli or the Germany of Schütz. The antiphonal choirs, the harmonic language, the rhythmic shifts and sudden syncopations, the alternation of melismatic sections with strict chordal style all supports that notion. But if you listen more closely, especially to Polish composer Mikolaj Zielenski's motet In solemnitate Corporis Christi, with its bass-heavy texture and emphasis, you hear some sounds arising from the particular voicing and harmonic movement that seem to come from a place very distant from Venice or Dresden.


These characteristics, ones we today associate absolutely with
Read more "Russian" church music, are even more evident in Vasily Titov's (ca. 1650-ca. 1715) Slava...Yedinorodnïy Sïñe (Glory...Only begotten Son), due in no small part to its Russian text, but also to the voicing of the lower parts and the melodic treatment of the upper ones (who often sing in thirds). Ultimately, none of these works could be called a masterpiece equal to those by this period's more illustrious composers, but that takes nothing away from their musicological interest and unquestionable appeal for listeners who love sacred choral music.


Of course, our enjoyment--and the fact that we are even hearing these pieces at all--is primarily thanks to the scholarly effort and superior singing of the Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble. Everything from the Russian diction to vocal timbre to the unusually vibrant sound on many of the open-spaced chords shows a concern for detail and for creating an idiomatic context respectful of the music's time and place.


The program ends with a modern piece, commissioned by The Rose Ensemble. It's a setting of the text Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (Rejoice, O Virgin Mary), today most famously heard in Rachmaninov's version from his Vespers; but Sergey Khvoshchinsky's (b. 1957) conception is a stunning alternative. Its opening harmonized chant style, uttered in very expressive short phrases, gives way to a beautiful tune sung by a soprano, supported by full, organ-like chords typical of 19th-century Russian liturgical music. The rest of the piece combines these two structural and thematic components into a powerful and moving expression of the text. Except for an odd muffled effect from the small echo choir in Andrzej Rohaczewski's Crucifixus surrexit, the sound, from a church in St. Paul, Minnesota, is ideal for this music, allowing us to hear the richness of the textures and to experience the full-bodied resonance of those glorious harmonies.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Motetto de Sancto Stanislao by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
3.
In festo Omnium Sanctorum by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
4.
In solemnitate Corporis Christi by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Deus in adiutorium by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Motetto de Sancto Alberto by Mikolaj Zielenski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
7.
Crucifixus surrexit by Andrzej Rohaczewski
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
8.
Slava...Yedinorodnïy Sïñe by Vasily Polikarp Titov
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
9.
Heruvímskaya Pesñ by Vasily Polikarp Titov
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
10.
Dostoyno yest', yako voistinnu by Vasily Polikarp Titov
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
11.
Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia by Sergey Khvoshchinskiy
Conductor:  Jordan Sramek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble

Sound Samples

Magnificat a 12
Motetto de Sancto Stanislao
In festo Omnium Sanctorum a 4
In solemnitate Corporis Christi a 4
Deus in adiutorium a 4
Motetto de Sancto Alberto a 8
Crucifixus surrexit a 9
Slava ... Yedinorodniy sine
Heruvimskaya pesn
Dostoyno yest', yako voistinnu
Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (Rejoice, O Virgin Mary)

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