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The Sacred Spirit of Russia: Gretchaninov, Kastalsky, Rachmaninov, Tchesnokov / Conspirare

Album Summary

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Great Doxology (Glory to the Father / Glory be to God on High)
>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail : Liturgy, Op. 37
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy no 2, Op. 29
>Martynov, Vladimir : The Beatitudes, for string quartet
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Come, Let Us Worship, Op. 8/2
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, no 4), for chorus
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Today the Virgin Gives Birth (Deva dnes), for choir
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : As Many Have Been Baptized, Znamenny chant for chorus, Op. 18c
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 7/1
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Milost' Mira (For the Mercy of Peace)
>Ioannes, Protopsaltes : Ode 1 From the Kanon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (8th September)
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42/9)
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : A Wondrous Birth, for chorus
>Ilyashenko, Andrei : We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ), for chorus
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Passion Week, Op. 58
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, for chorus, Op. 40/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy, Op. 79
>Kedrov Jr., Nikolai : Our Father
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

To understand and partake of the "Sacred Spirit of Russia" requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendor of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over a thousand years. The sacred music of the "New Russian Choral School" features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented color and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of their finest works in this genre.

Sunday Times, 26th January 2014
Russian Orthodox church music seems to sit as unmovable as the architecture in which it was first sung. But that is not to say that every piece sounds the same, as the American choral group Conspirare's fine recital shows.

MusicWeb International, 26th February 2014
From the outset Conspirare sing with thrilling weight and accuracy; also, the acoustic of this Texas church provides a near-ideal performing space for the feast of antiphons, hymns and prayers that follows...Conspirare breathe new life into this repertoire; a joy from start to finish.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
Everything is rooted in the bass, as it should be, and the forward brightness of the upper voices creates thrilling friction against their darker tones. This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud.

Choir & Organ, March/April 2014
Conspirare's reading of these pieces is passionate without being perfumed. A lovely recording, in immaculate sound.

International Record Review, May 2014
All of the music performed here is heart-stoppingly, soul-transfixingly and spirit-piercingly beautiful...Glen Miller's ability to reach the lowest notes is almost freakishly delightful, if one can use such frivolous words in connection with such serious music...The ethereally beautiful sound on this SACD preserves a happy nimbus of reverberant space around the singers.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Craig Hella Johnson's Texas-based ensemble is the method actor of the two choirs. They did it with Negro spirituals on their Sing Freedom! program, and they do it here with the hymns and liturgical chants of Kastalsky, Grechaninoff, Chesnokov, and other luminaries of the "New Russian School". I sense a true Slavic affect to all of it - minus the wobbles of vibrato and pitch from echt Russian voices that I don't miss at all.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas (02/2013).



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>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Great Doxology (Glory to the Father / Glory be to God on High)
  • Performer: Dann Coakwell
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Conspirare
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail : Liturgy, Op. 37 :: no 2 Bless the Lord, O My Soul
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy no 2, Op. 29 :: no 2 Glory... / Only Begotten Son
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Martynov, Vladimir : The Beatitudes, for string quartet
  • Performers: Nicole Greenidge; Julie McCoy (Soprano); Sonja Tengblad
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Come, Let Us Worship, Op. 8/2
  • Performer: Bradford Gleim
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, no 4), for chorus
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Today the Virgin Gives Birth (Deva dnes), for choir
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : As Many Have Been Baptized, Znamenny chant for chorus, Op. 18c
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Cherubic Hymn, for chorus, Op. 7/1
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy no 2, Op. 29 :: no 8 The Creed
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Milost' Mira (For the Mercy of Peace)
  • Performers: Dann Coakwell; Bradford Gleim
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ioannes, Protopsaltes : Ode 1 From the Kanon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (8th September)
  • Performer: Dann Coakwell
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy no 2, Op. 29 :: no 11 Our Father
  • Performer: Dann Coakwell
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42/9)
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : A Wondrous Birth, for chorus
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ilyashenko, Andrei : We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ), for chorus
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Passion Week, Op. 58 :: no 6 Now the Powers of Heaven
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, for chorus, Op. 40/5
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31
  • Performer: Dann Coakwell
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Liturgy, Op. 79 :: Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1917

>Kedrov Jr., Nikolai : Our Father
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern