Serene Ecstasy - The Light & Sorrow Of Orthodox Russia

Release Date: 8/29/2000
Label: Delos
Catalog Number: DE 3264
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow was created in 1992, at the end of the Soviet era, a time when religious freedom was once again permitted in Russia. The choir's repertoire includes music of the renaissance, baroque, classical and romantic periods, as well as music by contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke. 'Serene Ecstasy' features the choir in sacred music by Russian composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The choir opens the program with "The Russian Soil," a hymn dedicated to Russian saints that is memorable for its rhythmic drive and exalted tone. Two sacred pieces by Tchaikovsky are marked by drama and, in "Eucharist" from the 'Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,' a sense of joy. The group's lush tonal quality is ideal in Ippolitov-Ivanov's pacific "Praise the Lord, O My Soul."
This recording consistently impresses with its excellent singing and fascinating repertoire; surely it's an ideal recording for all lovers of sacred music.
Works on This Recording
1. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Eucharist by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Russia
2. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Prayer of repentance by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Russia
3. I cried out to the Lord by Alexander Arkhangelsky
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
4. In Days of Battle, Op. 45: no 1, On the bed of suffering by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
5. Praise the Lord, O my soul, Op. 40 no 1 by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
6. Blessed is the Man, Op. 37 no 2 by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer: Sergei Aksionov (Baritone)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
7. Tha angel cried by Pavel Chesnokov
Performer: Elena Khmara (Soprano)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
8. Vespers: Joyful Light by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
9. Angel by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
10. St. Dimitry Rostovsky's Psalm of Repentance by Valeri Grigorevich Kikta
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
11. Hymn to the Holy Virgin by Valeri Grigorevich Kikta
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
12. Russian soil appears under the God today by Traditional
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
13. Rejoice, pure Virgin, Mother of God by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
14. In Days of Battle, Op. 45: Deliver us from evil by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
15. In Days of Battle, Op. 45: Mother of God by Pavel Chesnokov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
16. My soul bless the Lord by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: Romantic
17. Vespers: Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant depart by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
18. Vespers: Rejoice, Virgin, Mother of God by Alexandre Agafonnikov
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
19. Prayer by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer: Sergei Aksionov (Baritone)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
20. Funeral Mass: Let them rest in peace, O Lord by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
21. Funeral Mass: Lux aeterna by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer: Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
22. Funeral Mass: With Thy Holy Ones let them rest in eternity by Nicolai Lebedev
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
23. Funeral Mass: God have mercy on us by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer: Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano), Denis Khramov (Baritone)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
24. Funeral Mass: Blessed Assumption by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer: Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano), Denis Khramov (Baritone)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
25. Funeral Mass: Eternal memory by Nicolai Lebedev
Performer: Viktoria Smirnova (Soprano), Denis Khramov (Baritone)
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
26. O Lord Jesus Christ by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
27. Our Father by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Period: 20th Century
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