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Sacred Treasures III: Choral Masterworks from Russia and Beyond

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom
>Anonymous : Sourp Sourp (Holy Holy), Divine Liturgy
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478
>Taneyev, Sergei : Choruses (3)
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Our Father
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Russian Orthodox Chant : Blessed art thou, O Lord
>Ketchakhmadze, Yosif : Chorali
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Irina Arkhipova (mezzo soprano); Vistor Rumantsev (tenor); Hieromonk Nafanail (harmonium).

Recording information: Cathedral Of The Dormition, Smo; Örnäset Church; St. Catherine's Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg, Russia; St.Catherine's Lutheran Church; Trinity-St. Sergius Laura.

Liturgical music has always meant to inspire awe in its listeners, be it an awe of its elegance, power, beauty or righteousness. The compositions assembled for this collection take a distinctive approach. Each is extraordinarily delicate, yet overwhelming in its scope. Immense choruses sustaining hushed notes for an eternity evoke the solemn and reverent pace of timeless ritual.

The short compositions share a consistent tone, each piece leading to the next as an inevitable conclusion. The tonality of a piece such as Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Our Father' leads gently from the refined majesty of Rachmaninov's 'Grant us this O Lord,' distinct, yet irrevocably connected by theme and style.

From the producers of NPR's HEARTS OF SPACE, SACRED TREASURES III has the same ambient, contemplative feel of the weekly radio show. The music rises and falls in gentle waves, a tide that cannot help but sweep listeners away.



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom
  • Performers: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; Nikolai Korniev
  • Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Sourp Sourp (Holy Holy), Divine Liturgy
  • Performers: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; Nikolai Korniev
  • Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: Lord Have Mercy
  • Performer: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Capella
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: The Mercy of Peace (Excerpts)
  • Performer: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Capella
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478
  • Performer: Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
  • Conductor: Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
  • Ensemble: Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1736
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Taneyev, Sergei : Choruses (3)
  • Conductor: Boris Abalyan
  • Ensemble: Lege Artis Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: Grant Us This O Lord
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Capella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Our Father :: Our Father
  • Performer: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1883
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria :: Gloria (Excerpt)
  • Performer: USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria :: Peaceful Light (Kiev Chant)
  • Performers: Victor Rumantsev (Tenor); USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria :: Praise the Lord O My My Soul (Greek Cha
  • Performers: Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano); USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Russian Orthodox Chant : Blessed art thou, O Lord
  • Conductor: Archimandrite Mormyl
  • Ensemble: Trinity-Saint Sergius Lavra Choir
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ketchakhmadze, Yosif : Chorali
  • Performers: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; Nikolai Korniev
  • Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: Amen, Alleluia
  • Performer: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Capella
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Language: Russian
  • Studio/Live: Studio