Steinberg: Passion Week / Fox, The Clarion Choir

Release Date: 8/12/2016
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8573665
Conductor: Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Clarion Choir
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"This second recording, atmospherically recorded at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity New York, boasts marvellously committed fervent singing from the Clarion Choir under Steven Fox and deserves the widest possible dissemination." - BBC Music Magazine

"...the success of this recording has to be attributed to this excellent chorus, 30-plus voices who collectively project a serious love for this music with a vibrant, shimmering tone, perfectly judged dynamics, and consistently fine balance and intonation. We can appreciate the care that went into this production–not only in bringing this beautiful unknown work to the world’s attention–but also in the excellent engineering and notes, which happily include full texts and translations. Strongly recommended." -

Passion Week is a long-lost choral masterpiece composed by Rimsky-Korsakov's favorite student, heir apparent and son-in-law, Maximilian Steinberg. A product of his interest in the sacred and mystical, it is a tour de force of the systematic use of medieval Church Slavonic chant melodies and shares with Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil the colorful use of choral textures. Steinberg's settings are complex and rich, with a diverse and sometimes daring harmonic pallette, offering eleven movements of distinctive and expressive content that reveal an artist's search for at a time of increasing hostility to religion.
Works on This Recording
1. Passion Week, Op. 13 by Maximilian Steinberg
Conductor: Steven Fox
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Clarion Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ;
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