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Ikon II

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  • Performer: The Holst Singers
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Composer: Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastal'sky, Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, César Cui, Konstantin Nikolaevich Shvedov, Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, et al.
  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. NIKOLAY GOLOVANOV (18911958) Otche nash Our Father [3'41]
2. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Spasenie sodelal Salvation is created [2'47]
3. ALEKSANDR GRECHANINOV (18641956) Vecheri Tvoeya taynïya Of thy mystical supper [5'09]
4. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Da ispravitsya molitva moya Let my prayer arise [6'09]
5. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Dukh Tvoy blagiy Let thy good spirit [2'13]
6. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda Bless the Lord, O my soul [2'42]
7. KONSTANTIN SHVEDOV (18861954) Kheruvimskaya pesn The Cherubic Hymn [4'49]
8. PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (18401893) Priidite, poklonimsya Come, let us worship [2'15]
9. VIKTOR KALINNIKOV (18701927) Priidite, poklonimsya Come, let us worship [1'04]
10. VIKTOR KALINNIKOV (18701927) Tebe poem We hymn thee [1'31]
11. VIKTOR KALINNIKOV (18701927) Bogoroditse Devo Rejoice, O Virgin [1'10]
12. NIKOLAY TOLSTIAKOV (18831958) Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda Bless the Lord, O my soul [3'16]
13. NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (18441908) Otche nash Our Father [2'01]
14. SERGEI RACHMANINOV (18731943) Bogoroditse Devo Rejoice, O Virgin [3'09]
15. VIKTOR KALINNIKOV (18701927) Tebe poem We hymn thee [1'49]
16. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Raduytesya, pravednii, o Gospode Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous [2'07]
17. MILI BALAKIREV (18371910) Da molchit vsyakaya plot Let all mortal flesh keep silence [5'17]
18. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) Ne imamï inïya pomoshchi We have no other help [2'11]
19. PAVEL CHESNOKOV (18771944) O Tebe raduetsya All of creation rejoices in you [3'39]
20. KONSTANTIN SHVEDOV (18861954) Trisviatoye The Thrice-Holy [3'14]
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Holst Singers - Stephen Layton, direction


It's been a long time coming but his sequel has been worth the wait.The programme is scrupulously prepared,with excellent pronounciation,idiomatic timbres and a fine fusion of ardent communication and sensitive shaping. --Gramophone,Dec'10

Like an Orthodox iconstasis,this music holds the power to draw listeners deep into a state of spiritual contemplation.The Holst Singers respond to it by surpassing anything they've previously commited to disc. --Classic FM Magazine,Dec'10

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 12 Feb 2013
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A dozen years after the release of "Ikon" the Hyperion label finally got around to releasing the follow-up, "Ikon II", performed by the Holst Singers and conducted by Stephen Layton. It is a more than worthy successor which again explores the magnificent canon of works to be found in the various strands of Russian Orthodox Chant. This volume favours the sacred works composed in the period immediately preceding the 1917 Revolution.

The excellent sleeve notes inform that the disc centres around the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing with special prominence given to two of its leading lights, Pavel Chesnokov and Viktor Kallinnikov (his brother was also a composer, with 2 lovely symphonies before his tragically early death) who between them provide half of the tracks on this generously filled compilation. These are balanced by offerings from Tchaikovsky, Grechaninov (both featured prominently on the first "Ikon"), Rachmaninov and most of the "Mighty Five". Incidentally The Holst Singers have recorded Grechaninov's "All Night Vigil" on Hyperion, which was another exemplary recording.

While all of the pieces are from the Liturgy quite a number sound more like concert works. This is not, as one might expect, "stuffy music sung by old men in beards". Quite the contrary as anyone who even has a passing interest in Choral Music cannot but be impressed both by the mixed choir and the melodic music on this recording. These chants were in the main written for male and boys voices but the ladies of the Holst Singers are superb, and the balance and spacious sound take you away to another world.

Perhaps the most obvious feature of Russian Orthodox Chant is the quality and prominence of bass voices.
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By Nico on 20 Jan 2014
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I wasn't sure whether or not to get too excited when I heard Jeremy Summerly's review of this CD on Radio 3 shortly after its launch, as I know he's a fan of the Holst Singers. But I've had this disk for a couple of months now, and I can't stop listening.
I won't dwell on the genre, the finer details of the composers featured, its liturgical or historical context etc etc, but as a work produced by (in my opinion) one of the finest vocal ensembles anywhere in Europe, Ikon II is sublime. This disk always gives me goose bumps and leaves me excited, elated, exhausted.
The flawless intonation, achingly sensitive phrasing, the incredible dynamic contrast from the most sublime pianissimo to balls-out fantastically loud (never louder than lovely, though) fortissimos leave me begging the Holst Singers: "please, not another 12 years for Ikon III"!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent collection, fine singing 31 Oct 2010
By Kevin Lash - Published on Amazon.com
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Following their disc "Ikon", which featured some famous short pieces by Tchaikovsky and Grechaninov (as well as later composers like Sviridov), thirteen years later comes the Holst Singers' "Ikon II" filled with selections from that golden age of Russian sacred music. Five standouts here are among the best-known Russian anthems (as we used to call them) in the USA, thanks to their English-language editions by N. Lindsay Norden and others in the early 20th century, and surely deserve their fame: Grechaninov's Of Thy Mystical Supper (once known here as O Lord I Have Loved), Rachmaninov's Rejoice O Virgin (Ave Maria), and three by Chesnokov, namely All Creation Rejoices (O Lord God), Let Thy Good Spirit, and of course Salvation Is Created. Gaining notoriety as another classic of the literature is Golovanov's Our Father which leads off the disc. It's wonderful to have these and other lovely works collected in one place.

The performances are strong, but one must acknowledge some really extraordinary competition, foremost the Dale Warland Singers who sang Salvation Is Created as well as both the Grechaninov and Golovanov pieces on their magnificent disc "Lux Aurumque". It was their final sacred album before Warland retired, a superb summation of their artistry that any choir would be at pains to match. Charles Bruffy with his Kansas City & Phoenix groups gave us Grechaninov's Passion Week (from which comes Of Thy Mystical Supper) in an amazing performance, showing that this major work is worthy to stand beside Rachmaninov's Vespers; and *that* masterpiece (containing the famous excerpt recorded here) was of course given a towering rendition by Robert Shaw. This is not to slight the excellent Russian choirs who tackle this music with authentic conviction, but Bruffy, Warland and Shaw have shaped world-class ensembles. With Layton's Holst Singers we may wish sometimes for more warmth in their sound, and like many English choirs they seem a bit strained in the higher range in grander moments; still, this disc is certainly worth having.
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