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Sacred Love / Antonenko, Ezeriete, Klava, Latvian Radio Choir

Falik / Maskats / Svidirov
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1226   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arturs MaskatsGyorgy SviridovYury Alexandrovich Falik
Performer:  Aleksandrs AntonenkoIeva Ezeriete
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Da ispravitsja molitva moja, for chorus by Arturs Maskats
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Spring (Vesna), for voice & chorus by Arturs Maskats
Performer:  Aleksandrs Antonenko ()
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for chorus (Pushkin's Garland): Winter Morning by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Written: 1979 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Choruses (5) on Russian Poems: About Lost Youth by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  Aleksandrs Antonenko ()
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Written: 1958; Russia 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Christmas Carol, for chorus (from Three Miniatures) by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Written: 1972-1975 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Love is Sacred by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  Ieva Ezeriete ()
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for chorus (Pushkin's Garland): Natasha by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Written: 1979 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Songs of Troubled Times, for chorus: Icon by Gyorgy Sviridov
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Written: 1980-1981 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Nyeznyakomka (Unknown Woman) ("The restaurants on hot spring evenings"), for chorus by Yury Alexandrovich Falik
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Modern 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Elegies, Concerto for soprano & mixed choir: Your Temple, Lord by Yury Alexandrovich Falik
Performer:  Ieva Ezeriete ()
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Poetry of Igor Severyanin, Concerto for mixed choir: Habanera by Yury Alexandrovich Falik
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12.
Stanzas by Pushkin, Concerto for mixed choir: Autumn by Yury Alexandrovich Falik
Performer:  Aleksandrs Antonenko ()
Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1998 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Russian Choral Masterworks August 29, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Sacred Love features the music of three Russian composers - Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, and Georgy Sviridov. And not just those composers, but choral works based on Russian poetry or literature by those three composers. It's apt repertoire for the Latvian Radio Choir. The performers speak the language, and are steeped in the Russian choral tradition. The basses, of course, extend lower than they do in Western choirs, providing an anchor for the sound. The ensemble is immaculately recorded, well-positioned in a church to reap the benefit of the spacious acoustics while retaining clear articulation. While the program has a homogeneous sound, there are distinct differences between the three composers. Falik seems the most cosmopolitan of the three. His "Habanera," for example is Spanish in flavor, while retaining the Eastern European choral sound. Maskats was heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and particularly by their choral works. Some of his music reminded me of the Rachmaninov Vespers in spirituality as well as sound. Sviridov studied under Shostakovich, and one can hear a little of his teacher's style in his work. The selections include both sacred and secular compositions by Sviridov. The sacred follow Eastern Orthodox choral traditions, while the secular (to my ears) sound more Soviet Realist -- folk-based material presented in a conservative 20th Century style. Sacred Love has an overarching beauty and serenity to it. I'd recommend this recording not just to those who enjoy Eastern European choral music, but for anyone who is moved by the sound of the human voice." Report Abuse
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