Dimitri Bortniansky

Biography

Born: October 28, 1751   Died: October 10, 1825   Country: Russia   Period: 19th Century
A unique and influential figure in Russian and Ukrainian music, Dimitry Bortnyansky was primarily known for his sacred choral concertos and multi-movement a cappella compositions that both struck out new paths for various combinations of tutti and solo voices and helped Westernize the Eastern Slavonic tradition. He also wrote many hymns, which, like his choral concertos, gained wide currency throughout late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Read more Europe. Among his better-known works are Vskuyu priskorbna yesi, dusha moya? (Why are you mournful, O my soul?) and Kol' slaven nash Hospod (How great is our Lord). Bortnyansky wrote 55 surviving choral concertos (at least 23 others are lost), and also composed operas, keyboard sonatas, and chamber works.

His first music training came in his hometown, most likely at the Hlukhiv choir school. In 1758 he was taken into the Russian Imperial Court chapel at St. Petersburg, and later sang in operas at Court productions. He studied with Galuppi during his teen years and continued instruction with the Italian master in Venice, when Galuppi returned there in 1769. By 1778 Bortnyansky had written three operas -- Creonte (1776), Alcide (1778), and Quinto Fabio (1778), as well as various settings of Roman Catholic texts.

He returned to Russia in 1779 and in 1783 was appointed Kappelmeister at the lower Court of Catherine the Great's son, Paul. He also taught keyboard to members of the royal family during this period. Bortnyansky's first choral concertos date to 1780, and he composed several operas in the opera comique style in the period following his return, including La fête du seigneur and Le fauçon, both from 1786.

In 1896 Bortnyansky was appointed director of the Court chapel by Tsar Paul I, who had ascended to the throne upon the death of his mother, that year. Bortnyansky expanded the Court chapel choir and improved conditions for the singers. His choral concerts quickly became one of the main musical attractions in St. Petersburg. But he composed relatively little original music from this time onward.

In 1816 a government decree gave Bortnyansky and the Court chapel musicians the exclusive right to publish sacred music in Russia. The modest Bortnyansky, however, eschewed any attempts at opportunism by not immediately seeking to publish his choral concertos. He did revise many, but they would only gain posthumous publication in the 1830s. Read less
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  • 1.
    Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - Bortnyansky: Choir Concerto XXXII / Polyansky
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Performer:  Irina Arkhipova,  Sergei Babeshko
    Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Karl Böhm,  Serge Jaroff,  Leopold Ludwig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Feierliche Kirchenmusik: In Freude und Trauer / Henry Albert Jr.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 1016 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Friedrich Silcher,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Henry Albert Jr.
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    Rundumadum
    Label: Klanglogo   Catalog: 1402 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joy Webb,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Wells,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Diem
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grassauer Blechbläser Ensemble
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    Sacred Russian Choral Works / Akafist Male Choir
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98049 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Vassily Zinoviev,  Ledkovsky,,  A. Archangelsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akafist Male Choir
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    Berlioz Masterworks / Dutoit, Montreal [17-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915202 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Johann Paul A. Martini
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Bortniansky: I Cried Out To The Lord / Ensemble Cherubim
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573109 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Conductor:  Marika Kuzma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cherubim
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    1812: In The Blaze Of Glory
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002012 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osip Kozlovsky,  Anonymous,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Victor Kornachev,  N. Mikhailov,  N. Nazarov,  Alexander Rudin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Baroque Soloists
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    Cherubim & Seraphim / Leech, Harmonia Sacra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6187 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sarti,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Alexander E. Varlamov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Leech
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    Kirsten Flagstad Edition - The Decca Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001683102 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Sigvart Fotland,  Edwin McArthur
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    El Sonar De Las Campanas Rusas
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 197 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Mily Balakirev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Irina Shishkina
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    Christmas In Russia: Russian Orthodox Vespers
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77336 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Vassily Zinoviev,  Mikhail Strokine,  S. Trubachev  ... 
    Performer:  Vassily Zinoviev,  Dobre Khristov,  S. Trubachev,  Borislav Molchanov  ... 
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    Ich Bete An Die Macht Der Liebe
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98613 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Walter,  Anonymous,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rolf Schweizer,  Martin Gotthard Schneider,  Gerhard Wilhelm,  Dieter Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Solistenensemble des Philharmonischen Orchesters F
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    Midnight In Moscow / Jaroff, Don Cossack Choir
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 413257 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
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    O wie schon deine Welt / Die Meistersinger
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98590 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Friedrich Silcher,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Hans Georg Nageli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Meistersinger
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    Silcher: Hab Oft Im Kreis Der Lieben - Romantic Music For Male Choir / Die Meistersinger
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98572 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Silcher,  Joseph Haas,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Breuninger
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    Label: Caro Mitis   Catalog: 52003 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
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    The Italian Album - Dimitri Bortniansky / Pratum Integrum Orchestra
    Label: Caro Mitis   Catalog: 42003 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Conductor:  Pavel Serbin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
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    Abendglocken - Songs From Old Russia / Serge Jaroff, Don Kosaken Chor, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8030 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Performer:  A. Stanislawitsch
    Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
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    Orthodox Chant / Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Choir
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507318 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vasily Polikarp Titov,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Artemi Lukyanovich Vedel,  Nikolai Diletsky  ... 
    Performer:  Uku Joller,  Tiit Kogermann,  Juta Roopalu-Malk,  Vladimir Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Edition Authentic Classical Concerts - In Dulci Jubilo
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Wanja Hlibka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Kossack Choir
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    Die Gottliche Liturgie
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Maximowitsch,  M. Lovorsky,  Alexander Grechaninov  ... 
    Conductor:  Wanja Hlibka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosaken Solisten
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    Music Of The Russian Imperial Guard / Karabanov, Et Al
    Label: Russian Lyre   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  L. Gedet,  Alexei Fedorowitsch Lvov,  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Conductor:  Alexei Karabanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Admiralty Navy Band
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    Grande Liturgie Orthodoxe Slave / Rybin, Choeur Rybine
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951638 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Artemi Lukyanovich Vedel,  Grigor F. Lvovsky,  Gavriil Lomakin  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Rybin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rybin Choir
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    Koukouzeles, Dinev, Hristov: Orthodox Chants
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 292 Release Date: 12/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  St. John Koukouzeles,  Petr Konstantinov Dinev,  Dobri Hristov,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodora Pavlovich
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