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Kastalsky: Memory Eternal / Fox, The Clarion Choir


Release Date: 08/10/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573889  
Composer:  Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarion Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. A pivotal figure in Russian musical life- he was a student of Tchaikovsky and acclaimed as the founder of a new, national church music- Kastalsky composed a choral-orchestral Requiem, for the concert stage. Simultaneously, he worked on the a cappella version heard on this recording to be sung in Russian Orthodox churches. Following the basic structure of the Orthodox Panihida, or memorial service, Memory Eternal, and the short sacred pieces that end the programme, reveal Kastalsky’s masterful use of choral sonority and color, his
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"...The Clarion Choir, under the sure direction of Steven Fox, turn in a thrilling performance, recorded with clarity and not too much resonance in St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York. This recording (together with its publication from Musica Russica) represents the rehabilitation of a major work, which nobody interested in Russian music of the 20th century should miss."
--Ivan Moody, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarion Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2.
Doors of Thy Mercy by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarion Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3.
From My Youth by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarion Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
4.
Blessed Are They by Alexandr Kastalsky
Conductor:  Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Clarion Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

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