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Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom; Dmitri Bortnyansky (1751-1825): Sacred Concerto No. 32 / Irina Arkhipova, mezzo-soprano; Sergei Babeshko, baritone; Chamber Choir USSR, Valeri Polyansky

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Lord, Let Me Know My End for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Tchaikovky's choral masterpiece coupled with his famous predecessor, whom he studied. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is the earliest sacred composition by Tchaikovsky and was written in 1878, at the time of his work on Eugene Onegin. This was recorded in the Cathedral of the Dormition, Smolensk. The performance, the acoustics of the Cathedral and the quality of this recording are all outstanding. Even though Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St John bears little resemblance to znamenny chant, a simple block-chord style predominates, although occasionally Tchaikovsky makes use of antiphonal vocal effects and there are passages that might have dated from the previous century in parts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral of the Dormition in Smolensk (1990).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Chamber Choir USSR Ministry of Culture
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Lord, Let Me Know My End for chorus
  • Performers: Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano); Sergei Babeshko
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical