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"Hidden Music of the Russian Church" - Works by Alexander Alexandrov, Nikolai Golovanov, Alexander Nikolsky, Pavel Chesnokov, Alexander Kastalsky / Ilya Tolkachev, Moscow Patriarch Choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral

Album Summary

>Alexandrov, Alexander : Bless the Lord, O My Soul, for chorus
>Alexandrov, Alexander : In Thy Kingdom Remember Us, O Lord, for tenor & chorus
>Alexandrov, Alexander : We Hymn Thee, for soprano & chorus
>Alexandrov, Alexander : The Lord's Prayer, hymn for chorus
>Alexandrov, Alexander : Praise the Name of the Lord, hymn for chorus in A major
>Alexandrov, Alexander : Praise the Name of the Lord, hymn for chorus in D minor
>Alexandrov, Alexander : From My Youth, gradual antiphon for chorus
>Golovanov, Nikolai : He Who Closed the Abyss, for chorus
>Golovanov, Nikolai : Cherubic Hymn, monastery chant for chorus
>Nikolsky, Alexander : O Gladsome Light, vesperal hymn for chorus
>Nikolsky, Alexander : We Hymn Thee, for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Cherubic Hymn, for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : It Is Meet and Right to Bless You, O Theotokos, Hymn to the Theotokos, for chorus
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Nunc Dmitis (Lord, Now Lettest Thou)
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Let God Arise, hymn for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Patriarch Choir of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow conducted by Ilya Tolkachov devotes the second of their CDs issued by Christophoros to Russian sacred music composed after the 1917 Revolution. Under the Soviet regime, most churches and the majority of monasteries were closed and the priests and monks expelled; ecclesiastical life became extremely difficult and was permanently under threat of reprisal. Numerous celebrated composers of sacred music were only permitted to publish secular compositions, but continued to work in secret. It is these hidden compositions which the Moscow Patriarch Choir would like to bring to light. The composers featured include prominent Russian personalities such as Golovanov, the director of the Bolschoi Theatre, and Alexandrov, the composer of the Russian national anthem (still sung today). It is highly symbolic that the Moscow Patriarch Choir has devoted itself to this task as the Christ the Saviour Cathedral is itself a reflection of political developments and their consequences for the Russian Church. Consecrated in 1883 as a new centre for the Russian Church (under the musical direction of Rimski-Korsakov and Balakirev), the building was blown up under Stalin's rule (he had plans for the construction of a gigantic Soviet palace on the same site) and reconstructed according to the original plans in the 1990s during the era of Perestroika thanks to donations by the Russian people. Today, the cathedral is the seat of the Russian Orthodox patriarch Kyrill and the centre and symbol of the reinvigorated Russian Church.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christ the Saviour Cathedral Moscow (Russia) (02/2015).



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>Alexandrov, Alexander : Bless the Lord, O My Soul, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Patriarch Choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : In Thy Kingdom Remember Us, O Lord, for tenor & chorus
  • Performer: Sergey Godin
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : We Hymn Thee, for soprano & chorus
  • Performer: Evgeniya Tschishikova
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : The Lord's Prayer, hymn for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : Praise the Name of the Lord, hymn for chorus in A major
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : Praise the Name of the Lord, hymn for chorus in D minor
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alexandrov, Alexander : From My Youth, gradual antiphon for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Golovanov, Nikolai : He Who Closed the Abyss, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Golovanov, Nikolai : Cherubic Hymn, monastery chant for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nikolsky, Alexander : O Gladsome Light, vesperal hymn for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Nikolsky, Alexander : We Hymn Thee, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Cherubic Hymn, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : It Is Meet and Right to Bless You, O Theotokos, Hymn to the Theotokos, for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Nunc Dmitis (Lord, Now Lettest Thou)
  • Performer: Sergey Godin
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Let God Arise, hymn for chorus
  • Conductor: Ilya Tolkachev
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern