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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom [Double CD]

Russian State Symphony Capella , Rachmaninov , Valery Polyansky Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Valery Polyansky
  • Composer: Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B006OZN7SW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Great Ektenia 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: First Antiphon 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Second Antiphon 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Third Antiphon 6:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Entrance Hymn 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Trisagion Hymn 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Fervent Supplication 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Cheruvimic Hymn 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Ektenia of the Prothesis 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Nicaean Creed 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Anaphora 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn of Praise 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn to the Virgin 7:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The Lord's Prayer 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The Elevation 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Communion Hymn 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessing 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn of Praise 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessed Be His Name0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Glory to the Father 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sacred Concerto for 4-part Unaccompanied Choir: O Mother of God Vigilantly Praying 9:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chorus of Spirits for 4-part Unaccompanied Choir 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Panteley the Healer for 4-part Unaccompanied Choir 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Russian State Symphony Capella - Valery Polyansky, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous record 18 Aug 2013
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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One of my very favourite choral pieces is Rachmaninoff's Vespers (more accurately, the All-Night Vigil), where the great man was able to write a stunningly magnificent series of pieces within the Orthodox restrictions (more or less). Here he does it again, with his wonderful version of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, actually written before the Vespers, In it, he combines ancient church chants with his own compositions - but the Church promptly forbade its performance in church because it was too modern and too expressive!

Expressive it certainly is, with the lightness of sopranos pitted against the deep rumbling basses which only the Russians seem to have. There is little variation in tempo, which may not suit everyone, but there is this glorious, continuous sound, sometimes rising to mighty crescendo, sometimes descending to whisper-quiet. Gorgeously and thrillingly sung. You can just picture yourself in a dark Orthodox church, smell of incense in the air and this reverberating off the walls. If you like this kind of music (and I suggest you try the famous Sveshnikov version of the Vespers here:

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to find out), this is for you.
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