Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.31

Release Date: 2/26/2021
Label: Alto
Catalog Number: 1428
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir, Moscow Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“although the best-known Rachmaninov works are not uncharacteristic, they represent only one side of his musical personality. Some of his finest scores have nothing to do with the piano, or the orchestra, and ranking high among them are his two major religious pieces, the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, and the Vespers … the culmination of 100 years of effort by Russian composers to fuse liturgical and art music. Certainly they were not unexpected for Rachmaninov, because the tones of Russian religious choirs – dark, rich, sonorous – haunted his inner ear as much as the sound of piano” (Gramophone)

Works on This Recording
1. Let my prayer be set forth before Thee by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
2. Sacred Choral Works Op. 43: no 6, Zastupnitse userdnaya by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
3. Sovet prevechny (Eternal Counsel), Op. 40 no 2 by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir
4. Praise the name of the Lord by Alexander Arkhangelsky
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
5. Lord now lettest Thy Servant Depart by Gregory Davidovsky
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR Chamber Choir
6. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Vladimir Minin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910 ; Russia
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