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Alexander Shchetynsky: Sacred Music From Ukraine

Shchetynsky / Leopolis Chamber Orch / Rewakowicz
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579005   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Shchetynsky
Performer:  Alexander TomchukAlexander Shchetynsky
Conductor:  Emil SokachRoman Rewakowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Chamber ChoirGloria Chamber ChoirLeopolis Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Ukrainian composer Alexander Shchetynsky writes music of haunting luminosity and sublime spirituality. Within a framework of rhythmic and structural flexibility, each of the three works heard on this recording is a synthesis of a multitude of musical styles, as well as of secular and sacred traditions, conveyed in a uniquely personal voice. These include old and new Orthodox Church chant, Ukrainian song melodies, Gregorian Chant, early polyphony, Baroque, 19th-century operatic melodies and innovative 20th-century compositional techniques. The composer writes: “I aim at overcoming eclecticism and finding a new unity in the combination of those musical elements that historically never existed next to each other.” The Ukrainian composer Alexander Shchetynsky writes music of haunting luminosity and sublime spirituality. Within a framework of rhythmic and structural flexibility, each of the three works heard on this recording is a synthesis of a multitude of musical styles, as well as of secular and sacred traditions, conveyed in a uniquely personal voice. These include old and new Orthodox Church chant, Ukrainian song melodies, Gregorian Chant, early polyphony, Baroque, 19th-century operatic melodies and innovative 20th-century compositional techniques. The composer writes: “I aim at overcoming eclecticism and finding a new unity in the combination of those musical elements that historically never existed next to each other.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Know Yourself by Alexander Shchetynsky
Conductor:  Emil Sokach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Chamber Choir
2. Light to Lighten by Alexander Shchetynsky
Performer:  Alexander Tomchuk (Bells), Alexander Shchetynsky (Bells)
Conductor:  Emil Sokach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Chamber Choir
3. Requiem by Alexander Shchetynsky
Conductor:  Roman Rewakowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloria Chamber Choir,  Leopolis Chamber Orchestra

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