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Tchaikovsky: Sacred Choral Music / Philipp Ahmann, NDR Chor

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sacred Pieces (9) for chorus
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Vier Chöre aus der Chrysostomos-Liturgie Op. 41 CS 77
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : An Angel crying
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The NDR Choir, one of Germany's leading professional chamber choirs and its conductor Philipp Ahmann invite the listener to discover a little-known facet of Tchaikovsky's musical oeuvre: a cappella choral works for Russian Orthodox services. The internationally popular creator of immortal masterpieces such as "Swan Lake" and "Eugene Onegin" presented his first church music composition in 1878: the "Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom." The present CD offers a selection of four of altogether thirteen choruses comprising Opus 41. Like the "Nine Sacred Choruses" which were composed in 1884/85, these works breathe the spirit of Old Russian church hymns; nevertheless, their musical language points the way to the future. These cycles are complemented with the chorus "The Angel Cried" from the year 1887, a remarkable, richly hued work of art, versatile in its setting and a wealth of sonorous effects.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2016
The choir really enjoy the more dramatic settings, such as the magnificent 'Blazhenni yazhe izbral' and 'Nyne sily nebesniya'... Ahmann paces the music very well indeed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (05/02/2014); Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sacred Pieces (9) for chorus
  • Conductor: Philipp Ahmann
  • Ensemble: NDR Chor
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (05/02/2014); Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Vier Chöre aus der Chrysostomos-Liturgie Op. 41 CS 77 :: Cheruvimskaja pesn'
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Vier Chöre aus der Chrysostomos-Liturgie Op. 41 CS 77 :: Tebe poem
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Vier Chöre aus der Chrysostomos-Liturgie Op. 41 CS 77 :: Dostojno est'
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Vier Chöre aus der Chrysostomos-Liturgie Op. 41 CS 77 :: Otce nas
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : An Angel crying
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (07/13/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887