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Slavyanka Men's Chorus
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1. Octche nash (Our Father)
2. Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the Man)
3. Sye nynye blagoslovitye Gospoda (Behold, Bless the Lord)
4. Spas, Gospodi, Iyudi Tvoya (O Lord, Save Thy People)
5. Poltiyu usnuv (Having Fallen Asleep)
6. Na ryekakh vavilonskikh (By the Rivers of Babylon)
7. Voskliknitye Gospodyevi (Make a Joyful Noise)
8. Glasm moim (With my Voice)
10. Spasyeniye sodyelal (Salvation is Created)
11. Svyetye tikhil (O Gladsome Light)
12. Dostoino yest
13. Preyeidye syen
14. Nynye otpuschshayeshi (Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart)
16. Otche nash (Our Father)
17. Slava v vyshnikh (Glory to God in the Highest)
The premiere release by Slavyanka brings together its founder and a first-rate musical and supporting package. The excellent introduction summarizes the development and character of the musical tradition, even giving the bibliography of the view presented. Presentation of the text is the best I've seen so far: columns across the page in Slavonic (printed in Russian) transcription, English, French and German of both introductory comments and the texts themselves. The selections are varied and well-ordered, well-known and obscure, spanning traditions from the 13th to the 20th century, from the chant traditions to pure art music using liturgical texts.
Every once in a while a recording arrives that reminds us what amateurs can do. This is such a recording. This release leaves no doubt that Paul Andrews is the founding spirit and inspiration of the Slavyanka Chorus. The singing is consistent in all areas: quality, presentation, understanding, use of color and effect; and at the same time is fresh and melodic and heartfelt in a way special to those who sing just because they love it. Sound and booklet are the high quality one expects from this label. Add in the first-rate introduction and texts, and this makes not only a musically satisfying experience but also an excellent introduction to this liturgical and musical tradition.
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