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Russian Christmas / Korniev, St. Petersburg Choir


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 454616   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander GrechaninovAlexander YegorovKonstantin ShvedovAnatole Liadov,   ... 
Performer:  Olga Borodina
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Nativity (“Christmas”) is the great mid-winter feast, celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ. It is “the Winter Pascha,” a phrase coined by the Russian priest, Father Aleksandr Schmemann, The Orthodox Church Typikon calls it “a splendid three-day Pascha,” and, like Pascha (Easter) itself, it follows period of fasting and intense prayer. The preChristmas fast begins on 15 November, and, because it starts after the commemoration of the Apostle Philip, it is also called “Saint Philip’s Fast.”... For the Orthodox Christians of Russia and other countries, the Nativity combines the rejoicing at Christ’s birth with the adoration of the shepherds and the coming of the wise men (magi) with their three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh... Read more />
One of the items in this disc is the special hymn or troparion for the Feast. It says that the birth of Christ, our God, has shone forth upon the world with the light of knowledge: for, by His birth, those who worshipped the stars (the magi, the astrologers from Persia) were led by means of a star to adore Christ, who is the Sun of righteousness, and to know Him, who is the Sunrise from on high...But it is one of the texts from the fore-feast which gives us a vivid sense of the eternal and ever-present quality of the Nativity, for it says:

“0 Bethlehem, House of Bread, make yourself ready: for the garden of Eden has been opened to all. O fruitful one, adorn yourself, because, in the cave, the Tree of Life [Christ] blossoms forth from the Virgin, whose womb is a spiritual paradise, which is planted with the divine fruit: if we eat from this fruit [Christ, Bread of Life], we will live for ever and not die, like Adam. The Christ is coming to restore the ikon of Himself in mankind, which He created in the beginning”


In the Russian tradition all the words and music blend equally to convey something of the peaceful joy of this mid-winter feast.

-- From liner notes by Fr. Philip Steer
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Works on This Recording

1.
Voskliknite Gospodevi vsya zemlya, Op. 19 no 2 by Alexander Grechaninov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2.
Bogoroditse Devo by Alexander Yegorov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3.
Tebe poem by Konstantin Shvedov
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
Arrangments (10) from Obikhod, Op. 61 no 1: Stichira for the Nativity of Christ by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5.
Arrangments (10) from Obikhod, Op. 61 no 2: Tropar - Rozdestvo tvoe, Christe bozhe nash by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6.
Arrangments (10) from Obikhod, Op. 61 no 9: Khvalite Gospoda s nebes by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
7.
Hymn to the Most Holy Mother of God, Op. 93 by César Cui
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
8.
Deva dnesj by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikitin 
9.
Sacred Choral Works Op. 43: no 1, Presvyataya Bogoroditse by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
10.
Sacred Choral Works Op. 43: no 3, Miloserdiya dveri otveri nam by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11.
Sacred Choral Works Op. 43: no 4, Ne umolchim nikogda, Bogoroditse by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12.
Sacred Choral Works Op. 43: no 6, Zastupnitse userdnaya by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13.
Dobr'ii vechir Tobi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Ukrainian 
Notes: Arranged: S. Luther 
14.
Rozdestvo Christovo angel priletel by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Ukrainian 
Notes: Arranged: S. Luther 
15.
Nebo i Zemlia by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Ukrainian 
Notes: Arranged: S. Luther 
16.
Pavochka knodit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Ukrainian 
Notes: Arranged: A. Avdievs'ky 
17.
Silent Night, Holy Night by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: D. Willcocks 
18.
Nova radist' stala by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: Ukraine 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Ukrainian 
Notes: Arranged: Stetsenko 
19.
Vzglyani syuda by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: S. Luther 
20.
Rozhdestvo Khristovo ves' mir prazdnuet by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  St Peter & Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: S. Luther 

Featured Sound Samples

Arrangements from Obikhod (Liadov): No 1: Stichira for the Nativity of Christ
Vzglyani syuda (Anonymous)

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