Sacred Treasures 3 - Choral Masterworks From Russia & Beyond

Release Date: 2/22/2000
Catalog Number: 11114
Number of Discs: 1

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Works on This Recording
1. Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom by Anonymous
Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Written: 18th Century ; Russia
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
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
4. Komm süsser Tod after J.S. Bach by Gunnar Eriksson
Conductor: Erik Westberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
5. Choruses (3): no 1, Serenade by Sergei Taneyev
Conductor: Boris Abalyan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lege Artis Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Russia
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
7. Our Father by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic
8. Vespers, Op. 37: no 12, Glory to God in the highest by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915 ; Russia
9. Vespers, Op. 37: no 4, Peaceful light by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Victor Rumantsev (Tenor)
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915 ; Russia
10. Vespers, Op. 37: no 2, Bless the Lord, o my soul by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
11. Blessed art thou o Lord by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Trinity-Saint Sergius Lavra Choir
12. Chorale by Josef Ketchakhmadze
Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
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
14. Patarag Liturgy: Holy Holy by Komitas Vardapet
Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century
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 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.

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