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The Bells of Dawn - Russian Sacred and Folk Songs / The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing", Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone

Album Summary

>Hristov, Dobri : Hvalite imya gospodne (Praise Ye the Name of the Lord)
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Blessed is the man, Op. 37/2
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Eternal Counsel (Sovet prevechny), for voice & chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let my prayer arise (Da ispravitsa molitva moya), for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : From My Youth (Ot yunosti moyeya), for chorus
>Burmagin, M. : The Good Thief
>Arkhangelsky, Alexander : Symbol of Faith
>Varlamov, Alexander E. : Vdol' po ulitse metelitsa metyot (A Snowstorm Sweeps the Street), for chorus
>Traditional, Russian : Ne veljat Mase za rek - za recenku chodit' (They Don't Let Masha Go Down by the Brook), folk song (a
>Traditional, Russian : Ne adna vo pole daroshka (Not just one path)
>Traditional, Russian : Odnozvuchno gremit kolokolchik (Monotonously Rings the Little Bell), Russian folk song
>Traditional, Russian : Proshchai radost (Farewell, joy)
>Traditional, Russian : Uch kak pal tuman (Already the fog has descended)
>Shashina, E : Alone I Pass Along the Lonely Road
>Traditional, Russian : Nochenka (Little Night)
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Zoryu b'yut (The Bells of Dawn), for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Ondine's third release with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is devoted to Russian sacred works and folk songs. The prestigious Russian Grand Choir 'Masters of Choral Singing', conducted by Lev Kontorovich accompanies Mr. Hvorostovsky. The title song of the album Georgy Sviridov's (1915 - 1998) Bells of Dawn, is an atmospheric song creating an almost otherworldly and remote soundscape. Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Since his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, he has been invited for regular engagements at major opera houses and festivals internationally, and has performed as a celebrated recitalist in every corner of the globe, appearing in concert with the world's top orchestras and conductors. The Grand Choir was established in 1928. The name, "Masters of Choral Singing," defines the high standards of vocal performance and musical expertise required for chorus membership. Every singer must be able to perform both as soloist and as an integrated chorus member. Its immense repertoire, including numerous premieres (over 5,000 works performed since its founding) includes operas, oratorios, folk songs, church music, and much else. Its recordings have earned gold medal recognition, both in Russia and internationally.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
The singing here...is more sophisticated than you might expect to hear in your average Russian church on a Sunday morning but Hvorostovsky does not over-egg it. In the characteristically lush harmonies of Pavel Chesnokov's anthems, Hvorostovsky strikes a note of artless sincerity...[in the Varlamov song] he is equally in his element.

International Record Review, December 2014
His entirely unaccompanied renditions of There Is Not One Path Through The Field and Farewell My Joy are extraordinarily moving, and worth the price of the disc by themselves, but the set as a whole is beautifully performed...The excellent recording was made at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. Where better?

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Performances of Russian vocal music often present sacred music on the first half of a program and folk songs after an intermission. Here's a chance to hear some wonderful vocal treasures from Russia presented in that manner. Seven sacred texts of the Russian Orthodox Church in settings by Khristov, Chesnokov, Burmagin, and Arkhangelsky begin this engaging and beautifully performed program. They are followed by nine songs that express aspects of Russian culture.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-).



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>Hristov, Dobri : Hvalite imya gospodne (Praise Ye the Name of the Lord)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Blessed is the man, Op. 37/2
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Eternal Counsel (Sovet prevechny), for voice & chorus
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let my prayer arise (Da ispravitsa molitva moya), for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 19th Century

>Chesnokov, Pavel : From My Youth (Ot yunosti moyeya), for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Burmagin, M. : The Good Thief
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>Arkhangelsky, Alexander : Symbol of Faith
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Varlamov, Alexander E. : Vdol' po ulitse metelitsa metyot (A Snowstorm Sweeps the Street), for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Russian : Ne veljat Mase za rek - za recenku chodit' (They Don't Let Masha Go Down by the Brook), folk song (a
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Ne adna vo pole daroshka (Not just one path)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Odnozvuchno gremit kolokolchik (Monotonously Rings the Little Bell), Russian folk song
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Russian : Proshchai radost (Farewell, joy)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Uch kak pal tuman (Already the fog has descended)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Shashina, E : Alone I Pass Along the Lonely Road
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Russian : Nochenka (Little Night)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Zoryu b'yut (The Bells of Dawn), for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
  • Ensemble: The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky (2012-06-23&2012-06-25_2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern