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Ikon II / Stephen Layton

Audio Samples

>Golovanov, Nikolai : Otche Nash (Our Father), for choir
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Salvation Is Created (Spaseniye sodelal), for choir, Op. 25/5
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Strastuaya Sed'mista (Liturgy of Holy Week), Op. 58
>     7. Of thy mystical supper (Vecheri Tvoeya taynï
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let my prayer arise (Da ispravitsa molitva moya), for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let thy good spirit (Dukh Tvoy blagiy), for chorus, Op. 25/10
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda; Psalm 120), Op. 40/1
>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Cherubic Hymn (Kheruvimskaya pesn), for chorus, Op. 13
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41
>     Come, let us worship (Priidite, poklonimsya)
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Come, let us worship (Priidite, poklonimsya), for chorus, Op. 11
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : We hymn thee (Tebe poem), for chorus, Op. 7
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo), for chorus, Op. 17
>Tolstiakov, Nikolai : Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Our Father (Otche nash), for chorus (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom no 7), Op. 22/7
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous (Raduytesya, Pravednii, o Gospode), for chorus, Op. 25/6
>Balakirev, Mily : All Flesh Is Silent (Da molchit vsyakaya glot'), anthem for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : We have no other help (Ne imami iniya pomoshchi), for chorus, Op. 25/8
>Chesnokov, Pavel : All of creation rejoices in you (O Tebe raduetsya), for chorus, Op. 15/11
>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Thrice-Holy (Trisviatoye), for chorus, Op. 7
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Svete tihiy (Radiant Light), for chorus no 1
>Cui, César : Presvyatiya bogoroditsi, for soprano voice & chorus, Op. 93

Album Summary

>Golovanov, Nikolai : Otche Nash (Our Father), for choir
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Salvation Is Created (Spaseniye sodelal), for choir, Op. 25/5
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Strastuaya Sed'mista (Liturgy of Holy Week), Op. 58
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let my prayer arise (Da ispravitsa molitva moya), for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let thy good spirit (Dukh Tvoy blagiy), for chorus, Op. 25/10
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda; Psalm 120), Op. 40/1
>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Cherubic Hymn (Kheruvimskaya pesn), for chorus, Op. 13
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Come, let us worship (Priidite, poklonimsya), for chorus, Op. 11
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : We hymn thee (Tebe poem), for chorus, Op. 7
>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo), for chorus, Op. 17
>Tolstiakov, Nikolai : Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Our Father (Otche nash), for chorus (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom no 7), Op. 22/7
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Chesnokov, Pavel : Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous (Raduytesya, Pravednii, o Gospode), for chorus, Op. 25/6
>Balakirev, Mily : All Flesh Is Silent (Da molchit vsyakaya glot'), anthem for chorus
>Chesnokov, Pavel : We have no other help (Ne imami iniya pomoshchi), for chorus, Op. 25/8
>Chesnokov, Pavel : All of creation rejoices in you (O Tebe raduetsya), for chorus, Op. 15/11
>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Thrice-Holy (Trisviatoye), for chorus, Op. 7
>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Svete tihiy (Radiant Light), for chorus no 1
>Cui, César : Presvyatiya bogoroditsi, for soprano voice & chorus, Op. 93
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1997, The Holst Singers and Stephen Layton produced a disc that immediately became a cult classic and a best-seller. Ikon, a selection of great Russian choral music from the 19th century, dazzled with its grand, opulent beauty. Now the same forces return with Ikon II. Many of the works recorded here are by composers whose names will not be familiar - but the extraordinary quality of the music is unmistakable and immediately enthralling.

'The remarkable performances of the Holst Singers, securely balanced on the tightrope between pianissimo sensitivity and full-throated veneration... The intonation is faultless across all the registers here, diction is clear and the choral sound is beautifully homogenized - there doesn't seem to be a weak voice anywhere. Nor is there a weak piece: all 22 items blaze with devout passion. With the volume turned up, one after another brought up the hair on the back of my neck ... This is a glorious CD and it should bring you much pleasure' (International Record Review)

'Performing with insight and commendable Russian sonority, the Holst Singers have cast their net wide in this survey of Orthodox Church music. The main focus is the pre-Revolution period of the early 20th century, with Pavel Chesnokov generously represented. But he and other composers found ways of reconciling inventiveness with the Church's constraints, and such rarities as César Cui's Magnificat, together with works by Shvedov, Kastalsky and more familiar Rachmaninoff, make for a fascinating spectrum' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The remarkable performances of the Holst Singers, securely balanced on the tightrope between pianissimo sensitivity and full-throated veneration... The intonation is faultless across all the registers here, diction is clear and the choral sound is beautifully homogenized - there doesn't seem to be a weak voice anywhere. Nor is there a weak piece: all 22 items blaze with devout passion. With the volume turned up, one after another brought up the hair on the back of my neck ... This is a glorious CD and it should bring you much pleasure' (International Record Review)

'Performing with insight and commendable Russian sonority, the Holst Singers have cast their net wide in this survey of Orthodox Church music. The main focus is the pre-Revolution period of the early 20th century, with Pavel Chesnokov generously represented. But he and other composers found ways of reconciling inventiveness with the Church's constraints, and such rarities as César Cui's Magnificat, together with works by Shvedov, Kastalsky and more familiar Rachmaninoff, make for a fascinating spectrum' (The Daily Telegraph)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010).



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Works Details

>Golovanov, Nikolai : Otche Nash (Our Father), for choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Salvation Is Created (Spaséñiye sodélal), for choir, Op. 25/5
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1912

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Strastuaya Sed'mista (Liturgy of Holy Week), Op. 58 :: 7. Of thy mystical supper (Vecheri Tvoeya taynï
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let my prayer arise (Da ispravitsa molitva moya), for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 19th Century

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Let thy good spirit (Dukh Tvoy blagiy), for chorus, Op. 25/10
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda; Psalm 120), Op. 40/1
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Cherubic Hymn (Kheruvimskaya pesn), for chorus, Op. 13
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41 :: Come, let us worship (Priidite, poklonimsya)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Come, let us worship (Priidite, poklonimsya), for chorus, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Kalinnikov, Viktor : We hymn thee (Tebe poem), for chorus, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Kalinnikov, Viktor : Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo), for chorus, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Tolstiakov, Nikolai : Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Our Father (Otche nash), for chorus (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom no 7), Op. 22/7
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kalinnikov, Viktor : We hymn thee (Tebe poem), for chorus, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Chesnokov, Pavel : Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous (Raduytesya, Pravednii, o Gospode), for chorus, Op. 25/6
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Balakirev, Mily : All Flesh Is Silent (Da molchit vsyakaya glot'), anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1890

>Chesnokov, Pavel : We have no other help (Ne imamï inïya pomoshchi), for chorus, Op. 25/8
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chesnokov, Pavel : All of creation rejoices in you (O Tebe raduetsya), for chorus, Op. 15/11
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shvedov, Konstantin : The Thrice-Holy (Trisviatoye), for chorus, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kas, Alexandr Dmitriyevich : Svete tihiy (Radiant Light), for chorus no 1
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>César Cui (1835 - 1918) : Presvyatïya bogoroditsi, for soprano voice & chorus, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (01/08/2010-01/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914