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Sacred Treasures 3 - Choral Masterworks From Russia & Beyond


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Hearts Of Space   Catalog #: 11114   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousSergei RachmaninovGunnar ErikssonSergei Taneyev,   ... 
Performer:  Victor RumantsevIrina Arkhipova
Conductor:  Nikolai KornievValeri PolyanskiiErik WestbergBoris Abalyan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber ChoirRussian State Symphony CappellaErik Westberg Vocal Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Liturgical music has always meant to inspire awe in its listeners, be it an awe of its elegance, power, beauty or righteousness. The compositions assembled for this collection take a distinctive approach. Each is extraordinarily delicate, yet overwhelming in its scope. Immense choruses sustaining hushed notes for an eternity evoke the solemn and reverent pace of timeless ritual.
The short compositions share a consistent tone, each piece leading to the next as an inevitable conclusion. The tonality of a piece such as Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Our Father' leads gently from the refined majesty of Rachmaninov's 'Grant us this O Lord,' distinct, yet irrevocably connected by theme and style.
From the producers of NPR's HEARTS OF SPACE, SACRED
Read more TREASURES III has the same ambient, contemplative feel of the weekly radio show. The music rises and falls in gentle waves, a tide that cannot help but sweep listeners away. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: 18th Century; Russia 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Lord have mercy by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Cappella
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Eucharistic Prayer by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Cappella
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
Komm süsser Tod after J.S. Bach by Gunnar Eriksson
Conductor:  Erik Westberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Venue:  Church, Orrnäset, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Choruses (3): no 1, Serenade by Sergei Taneyev
Conductor:  Boris Abalyan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lege Artis Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Venue:  Church, Orrnäset, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Litany of Supplication by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Cappella
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
7.
Our Father by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
8.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 12, Glory to God in the highest by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
9.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 4, Peaceful light by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Victor Rumantsev (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
10.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 2, Bless the Lord, o my soul by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
Venue:  Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk, Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11.
Blessed art thou o Lord by Anonymous
Conductor:  Archimandrite M. Mormyl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity-Saint Sergius Lavra Choir
Venue:  Trinity-St. Sergius Laura, Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12.
Chorale by Josef Ketchakhmadze
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Georgian Republic 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Glory be to the Father and to the Devout by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Cappella
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Patarag Liturgy: Holy Holy by Komitas Vardapet
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Armenia 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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