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Bortnyansky: Sacred Concertos Vol 2 / Polyansky, et al

Audio Samples

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 10 "Sing praises to God, sing praises", for chorus
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 11
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 12 ("I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God")
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 13
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 14
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 15, "Come, O ye people, let us sing"
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Venez et voyez les coeuvres de Dieu, vocal concerto no 16

Album Summary

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 10 "Sing praises to God, sing praises", for chorus
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 11
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 12 ("I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God")
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 13
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 14
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 15, "Come, O ye people, let us sing"
>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Venez et voyez les coeuvres de Dieu, vocal concerto no 16
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Most of Bortnyansky's liturgical works were written in the early 1790s, and coincided with the last years of Catherine the Great's reign. As a true reflection of their time, they are imbued with the spirit of the late Baroque and the ideals of the Enlightenment. His Sacred Concertos, which are nearly all settings of verses from the Book of Psalms, were written for a capella choir. This rare repertoire was recorded in Russia, but never released until now.



Reviews

Excellent intreduction to a great composer
As we filed out of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Uglich, Russia, following a concert by the cathedral choir, I paused at the sales table maned by members of the choir selling the choir's CDs. I picked up one Cd and, as I was reviewing the selections, the choir member/salesman, pointed to one track and said, "Look. Gretchanov. He is the greatest Russian composer."
I looked him in the eye and said, "No. Bortnyansky." (sometimes spelled Bortniansky), and bought all the CDs he had for sale because one can never get too much classic Russian Orthodox church music, which is one of the most interesting side streams of western classical music, and an essential addition to any musical library.

From the beginning of time, the Russian Orthodox Church has been and still is a bastion of male chauvinist pigs. Russian Orthodox Church music was written for only male voices, and it should only be performed by an a cappella male choir. The complex inner details of the music is at its best with a small choir of only 6-8 voices.

In a stroke of genius, Chandos produced a 7 volume set of all Bortnyansky's Sacred Concerti (for unaccompanied male choir). This is as essential to your music library as is a set of Beethoven's symphonies. Seek out and buy all 7 CDs, but if you want to start with a sample, I think Vol #5 is the best.
Submitted on 12/30/14 by wastch 
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Works Details

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 10 "Sing praises to God, sing praises", for chorus
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 11
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 12 ("I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God")
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 13
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 14
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Sacred Concerto no 15, "Come, O ye people, let us sing"
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bortnyansky, Dimitry : Venez et voyez les coeuvres de Dieu, vocal concerto no 16
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto