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St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, et at Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks from Russia
Artist: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, et at
Item number: AJ045
Category: Russian
Chant Type: Russian
Language: Church Slavonic
Label: Hearts of Space
Period: Mixed
Length: 62'15
Release date: 1998
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Track Listing
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  1. Russian Cathedral Bells MP3  
  2. Great Ektenia MP3  
  3. Hymn of Praise MP3  
  4. Hymn of the Cherubim (Rachmaninov) MP3  
  5. Hymn of the Cherubim (Bortniansky) MP3  
  6. Our Father (Kedrov) MP3  
  7. Fervent Supplication MP3  
  8. The Noble Joseph MP3  
  9. Amen, And with Thy Spirit MP3  
  10. Russian Monastic Vespers MP3  
  11. Bless the Lord, O my Soul MP3  
  12. Hymn of the Cherubim (Tchaikovsky) MP3  
  13. Hymn of the Cherubim (Christov) MP3  
  14. Our Father (Tchaikovsky) MP3  
  15. I Have Chosen the Blissful MP3  
  16. Hymn of the Cherubim (Lvovski) MP3  
  17. Final Bells MP3  
Fifteen selections of Slavonic church music, mostly 19th and 20th century, that fit the Hearts of Space format: measured pace, neither background nor foreground, detachment from context inducing detachment in the listener. "This compilation focuses on the lyrical style of singing which blossomed during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Performed by very large mixed choirs ... a tapestry woven mainly from the quieter, more contemplative passages." There are five selections of Cherubic Hymns, making this a good comparison disc. Composers include Tchaikovsky, Bortniansky, Rachmaninov, etc. Attributions are clear and complete, and there are comments after each piece to guide the listeners feelings. No texts.

ReviewBy: Peter Schwalbenberg
This is not wallpaper so much as curtains -- tapestry is the word the notes use. This is suitable both as background and (if you know the texts) attentive listening. The performances are all standard-of-comparison grade, so there are no surprises or special interests, just good performance of good music. Selection 10 by the monks of Chevetogne stands out as conveying a sense of the service rather than of a concert performance. Selection 11 features a church choir, and a much attenuated version of the formidable Arkhipova as soloist. Sound is generally good, though weak in 11. The program does not seem to add much in the way of explanation or context, but rather sustains a mood. High marks for good listening.

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