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Selections recorded at Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk and St. Sophia's Cathedral, Polotsk, Russia.
Selections recorded at Dormition Cathedral, Smolensk and St. Sophia's Cathedral, Polotsk, Russia. Read less
Works on This Recording
Sacred Concerto for Chorus no 34 "Let God arise" by Dimitri Bortniansky
Russian State Symphony Cappella
Date of Recording: 1989-90
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
NOT TO MISS AT ANY PRICE October 4, 2012
By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews
"50-60 years ago when I was singing bass in our church choir, we sang an anthem by Dimitri Bortniansky. I was immediately taken by this music, and have ever since searched out recordings of the works of Dimitri Bortniansky-- before the Chandos series, there weren't many. Then, around the turn of the 21st Century, we took a river cruise thru Russia form Moscow to St Petersburg, stopping at a lot Russian Orthodox along the way. At each stop, the church choir would give a short performance and then sell CDs of their art. I bought a bunch of their CDs. At one church, when I was inspecting a CD, the singer/seller commented that the CD contained many works by Gretchanov, the greatest Russian choral composer. I looked him in the eye and said, "No, its Bortniansky". That left him speechless. Never the less, I bought his Cd, and enjoyed it, but the high point of recordings of Russian Orthodox music is Chandos' 6 volumes of the Sacred Concertos of Dimitri Bortniansky. Here we find hours of the high points of one of the world's great musical traditions, regrettably little know in the West. You can't go wrong with any of the Chandos volumes, but I like Vol. # 5 the best. Go for it."