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Choral Concertos by Bortniansky and Schnittke, "Confessions of Faith" / Falk Hoffmann; Kim Jae-Hyong; Alba Vilar-Juanola; Dorothea Sprenger

Album Summary

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 9 ("This is the day which the Lord hath made")
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Cherubic Hymn (Cheroubikon) no 7 in D major (Kheruvimskaia pesn)
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 24 ("I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills")
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The first release by the MDR Radio Chorus under its new director Risto Joost is not just a confession of faith, but truly a confession of sound as well: the ensemble's second GENUIN release presents Russian sacred music. What impressive musical contrasts we hear in the remarkable acoustics of Leipzig's Paul Gerhardt Church: distinctive contours from the too-little-known classicist Dmitry Bortniansky (1751 - 1825) feature alongside the monumental blocks of sound and etheric soundscapes of Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Choir. Both works bear witness not only to the power of faith, but also of music, interpreted by the MDR Radio Chorus with eloquence, sparkling precision, and total commitment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (01/26/2016-02/02/2016); Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/27/2016-06/30/2016).



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Works Details

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 9 ("This is the day which the Lord hath made")
  • Conductor: Risto Joost
  • Ensemble: MDR Rundrunkchor
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Cherubic Hymn (Cheroubikon) no 7 in D major (Kheruvimskaia pesn)
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 24 ("I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills")
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
  • Performers: Falk Hoffmann; Dorothea Sprenger; Alba Vilar
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (01/26/2016-02/02/2016)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1984-1985