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Russia's Most Beautiful Songs / St. Petersburg Optina Pustyn Male Choir

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Russian : On Flute I Play my Sad Verses, for chorus
>Anonymous, Russian : Vivat Suite, for chorus
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Saintly Love, for chorus
>Traditional, Russian : This Is Not a White Birch, song
>Traditional, Russian : Ah, You Wide, Expansive Steppe!, folksong
>Traditional, Russian : The Little Cuckoo, folk song
>She, Vissarion Yakovlevich : Winter Road, for chorus, Op. 42/2
>Cui, César : The Waves Are Sleepy, for chorus
>Traditional, Russian : My Lovely Rowan Tree, for chorus
>Traditional, Russian : Eh, Ukhnyem (Song of the Volga Boatmen), folk song
>Traditional, Russian : The song of the twelve robbers
>Sadovsky, S. : Steppe, Endless Steppe, for chorus
>Traditional, Russian : Ah! Lovely Night, Russian folksong
>Anonymous : In the Dark Wood
>Traditional, Russian : The Little Bell, song
>Traditional, Russian : Dignity, for chorus
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Cherubic Hymn (Cheroubikon) no 7 in D major (Kheruvimskaia pesn)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The male choir of the Optina Pustyn Monastery Department in St. Petersburg was established in 1996 with the blessing of its Father Superior, Hieromonach Rostislav. The choir consists of between six and nine professional singers, who are all graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. The main goal for the formation of the choir was the cultivation of the heritage of the old Russian Church singing, its sources, and different styles. The repertoire of the choir, however, reaches beyond the purely ancient repertoire and represents the great riches and variety of the Russian clerical as well as secular choral art. After two decades of creative activity, the choir has become a permanent participant in many Russian and international festivals, playing up to a hundred concerts a year.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Catherine Church (St. Petersburg Recording Studio).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Russian : On Flute I Play my Sad Verses, for chorus
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Optina Pustyn Male Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, Russian : Vivat Suite, for chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Saintly Love, for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitry Popov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Russian : This Is Not a White Birch, song
  • Performer: Victor Haprov (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Ah, You Wide, Expansive Steppe!, folksong
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : The Little Cuckoo, folk song
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.

>She, Vissarion Yakovlevich : Winter Road, for chorus, Op. 42/2
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Cui, César : The Waves Are Sleepy, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Russian : My Lovely Rowan Tree, for chorus
  • Performer: Dmitry Voropaev (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Eh, Ukhnyem (Song of the Volga Boatmen), folk song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1900

>Traditional, Russian : The song of the twelve robbers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.

>Sadovsky, S. : Steppe, Endless Steppe, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Ah! Lovely Night, Russian folksong
  • Performer: Dmitry Voropaev (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : In the Dark Wood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : The Little Bell, song
  • Performers: Vladimir Matygulin; Dmitry Popov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.

>Traditional, Russian : Dignity, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Cherubic Hymn (Cheroubikon) no 7 in D major (Kheruvimskaia pesn)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical