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Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev: De Profundis - Compositions for orchestra & choir / Russian Nat'l Orchestra; Moscow Synodal Choir; Alfeyev

Album Summary

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Stabat Mater, cantata for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Concerto Grosso, for orchestra
>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Fugue on the B-A-C-H Motif, for orchestra
>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Canciones de la muerte, for soprano, guitar & orchestra
>Alfeyev, Hilarion : De profundis, for chorus, organ & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is one of the most widely performed of all living Russian composers. Each of his new compositions constitutes a milestone in contemporary musical history. His ability to imbue music with profound religious content, to unite diverse cultures and styles, to invent new ways of musical expression while remaining faithful to the centuries-old classical tradition, and to utter most profound themes using a simple and comprehensible musical language, singles him out among present-day composers. His most widely performed work, the St Matthew Passion (2006) has received worldwide recognition. Since its 2007 Moscow premiere, it has received more than 70 performances in different countries by the most distinguished soloists, choirs and orchestras, garnering standing ovations at every concert. This SACD features five works by Metropolitan Hilarion produced over a thirty-year period, performed by the Russian National Orchestra, the first Russian ensemble ever to take home a Grammy®.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Although influences of modern musical techniques are evident throughout, what is most striking about Alfeyev's music is its neo-Baroque styling, and how every measure conveys a profound religiosity. He writes in a lyrical, polyphonic style characterized by simplicity and an economy of thematic material. read more

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
I like her voice and the flair she brings to Lorca's poetry. I also admire the string quartet brought on for the more intimate moments of the Concerto Grosso. The Russian Nationals and Pentatone's engineers have combined to create lush, souped-up sound that fattens the baroque elements beyond any and all 18th Century recognition. If you liked the Hollywood treatment Albinoni's Adagio was given a generation or so back, you'll love the sound of things here. I'm interested in what Metropolitan Alfeyev has crafted and suspect you will be too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DZZ Studio 5, in Moscow, Russia (04/2014).



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Works Details

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Stabat Mater, cantata for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Norbert Gembaczka (Organ)
  • Conductor: Hilarion Alfeyev
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008-2011

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Concerto Grosso, for orchestra
  • Performers: Sergei Dubov (Viola); Alexander Gotthelf (Cello); Maxim Khokholkov (Violin); Tatiana Porshneva (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hilarion Alfeyev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Synodal Choir & Soloistsá
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Fugue on the B-A-C-H Motif, for orchestra
  • Performer: Norbert Gembaczka (Organ)
  • Conductor: Hilarion Alfeyev
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : Canciones de la muerte, for soprano, guitar & orchestra
  • Performers: Artyom Dervoed (Guitar); Svetlana Kasyan
  • Conductor: Hilarion Alfeyev
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alfeyev, Hilarion : De profundis, for chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Performer: Norbert Gembaczka (Organ)
  • Conductor: Hilarion Alfeyev
  • Running Time: 23 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008