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Sacred Treasures V: From a Russian Cathedral [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hearts of Space
  • ASIN: B000VAQY2W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Lord's PrayerKyiv Chamber Choir 2:23Album Only
Listen  2. Our FatherEva Quartet 2:11Album Only
Listen  3. Ektenia of Fervent SupplicationSt. Petersburg Chamber Choir 2:15Album Only
Listen  4. Grant This, O Lord FromThe Russian State Symphony Cappella 2:05Album Only
Listen  5. Bless the Lord, Praise the Lord, AmenKyiv Chamber Choir 3:44Album Only
Listen  6. The Sound of SpiritThe Los Angeles Master Chorale 3:02Album Only
Listen  7. Holy GodCredo Chamber Choir 5:48Album Only
Listen  8. To Thee We SingEva Quartet 1:52Album Only
Listen  9. EkteniaThe Russian State Symphony Cappella 3:51Album Only
Listen10. Dominus VobiscumThe Chamber Choir Eesti Projekt 5:42Album Only
Listen11. O Gentle LightMoscow Cathedral Choir 3:25Album Only
Listen12. To Thee We SingThe Russian State Symphony Cappella 4:13Album Only
Listen13. It Is Truly MeetDomestik Municipal Choir of Ekaterinburg 2:26Album Only
Listen14. Shen Khar VenakhiKitka women's vocal ensemble 4:11Album Only
Listen15. Praise the Lord, AmenKyiv Chamber Choir 2:59Album Only
Listen16. Amen, AlleluiaThe Russian State Symphony Cappella 1:05Album Only

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Sacred Treasures V: From a Russian Cathedral features mainly 20th century and contemporary composers. There are several selections from Liturgy of Peace by Archbishop Ionafan (Yeletskyh of Kiev) in which the eastern Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is sung to the melodies of Western Gregorian chants, creating a musical synthesis of the two traditions. Nikolai Kedrov Sr.'s famous setting of The Lord's Prayer is sung by the Eva Quartet in traditional Bulgarian women's folk style. They appear again in To Thee We Sing by Dobri Christov, Bulgaria's greatest sacred music composer. The Ektenia by N. Frunza is an exquisite example of the Slavonic style in which a single angelic voice floats above a dense carpet of a cappella voices. The Sound of Spirit by American composer Georgia Kelly is not from the Orthodox tradition, yet is similar in structure and feeling to the Ektenia. Kiev's Credo Chamber Choir gives a passionate rendition of Holy God by Russia's Georgiy Sviridov. Three hymns from Rachmaninov's version of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and one from Tchaikovsky's version, along with O Gentle Light, are powerful examples of singing by Russia's massive mixed choirs. Estonian Urmas Sisask's spectacular Dominus Vobiscum, though not Orthodox, reveals the influence of Orthodox chant. It is Truly Meet is one of many pieces by composers who left the USSR and continued to create abroad. Shen Khar Venakhi is a lovely 12th century Georgian hymn in honor of the Mother of God. The numerous repetitions of Amen, Alleluia and Gospodi pomilui (Lord have mercy) throughout the compilation create a unifying theme. All the pieces and performances are infused with a solemn and deeply devotional quality. The singing is spacious and warm, creating an atmosphere of holiness and benediction. The intention was to weave hymns and verses into a seamless tapestry in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the individual elements of the compilation become movements in a choral symphony of timeless beauty. - Ellen Holmes, Producer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal 18 May 2014
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Love this from start to finish it's like meditation from start to finish. I highly recommend this. Make time to just sit and reflect whole playing this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving 31 Mar 2014
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I first bought volume one of this series some years ago now. I enjoyed this more recent offering also. The pieces are chosen for their peaceful quality but I didn't find myself falling asleep or the music becoming dull as there is a richness to each piece and to their ordering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Aug 2014
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Gorgeous sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another sublime offering from Sacred Treasures 19 Dec 2007
By Rebecca M - Published on
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These are some of the best performances of this repertoire to be found on CD. The album would make a great gift for any lover of choral music, but particularly those who appreciate traditional Russian sacred music and the rich legacy which it fosters in our current times.

The Credo Chamber Choir, featured on Track 7, Sviridov's "Holy God," is excellent. The piece, which is lush and tonal, sounds more modern than some of the other works, and the choir displays amazing breath support, with beautiful cadences and a sense of phrasing that would put many choirs to shame.
Other standout performances include those of the Eva Quartet, which is the Anonymous 4 of the Bulgarian music tradition. Their offerings (Track 2 and Track 8) help to break up the deeply beautiful, but cavernous singing in most of the selections, with a poignantly innocent and brighter sound.

The album contains pieces from a variety of traditions: Bulgarian, Georgian, Estonian, the Orthodox liturgy, and even a piece by American composer Georgia Kelly, performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale (Track 6). In this work, one can hear the synthesis of some of these musical traditions as presented by the American choral voice. Track 10, Urmas Sisask's Dombinus Vobiscum, sung by The Chamber Choir Eesti Projekt, is heavily influenced by orthodox chant, and passes the text through the different voices, finally fading back into the shadows with the basses.

This is a great CD and a must-have for any serious collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Sacred Treasures 22 April 2008
By Jay Young - Published on
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The original Sacred Treasures CD is justly acclaimed for bringing beautiful, sublime Eastern Orthodox music to American listeners. Unfortunately, the subsequent discs in the series did not live up to the original's standard. Sacred Treasures 2 was an ill-conceived recording of Allegri's "Miserere Mei" with instrumental accompaniment. Sacred Treasures 3 went back to the Eastern Orthodox music; it was good, just not that compelling compared to the first disc. Sacred Treasures IV didn't add anything, as it was a recording of Western music that had already been recorded better elsewhere. The latest in the series brings Sacred Treasures back to the sublime heights of the original, with atmospheric Orthodox church music, primarily by 20th century composers. I highly recommend this CD for anyone who is looking for beautiful, peaceful music to enjoy and to seek as a brief refuge from the harried world we live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection 5 Nov 2007
By Matthew Walsh - Published on
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If you're a fan of this sort of music, you're undoubtedly already a listener of the other albums in the excellent 'Sacred Treasures' series. If enjoyed Sacred Treasures I, III and IV, you will love this collection as well.

If you're new to this genre, I urge you to check it out. Sacred Treasures I, III, IV and V are an absolutely perfect place to start.

All tracks are wonderful, but track 7 (Holy God / Sviridov) itself justifies buying this disk. It is an absolutely divine recording of one of the best songs by one of the finest composers of Russian choral music. If I had to pick only 3 songs to go with me onto a desert island this would be one of them.

Tracks 2 and 8 also stand out. I have many other albums like this one, but I have not heard an all-woman recording in this genre before.

Track 10 is steadily growing to become one of my very favorite choral songs.

So, once again, I highly recommend this album!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Sacred Treasures 22 Dec 2008
By M. Hayne - Published on
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I have all five Sacred Treasures CDs, and I would pretty much agree with Jay Young's assessment of the series, my favories are I and V, with V being somewhat the better of the two, but not by much. I'm particularly taken with the four selections by Archbishop Ionafan from his "Liturgy of Peace". Lovely music, lovely performances, all in all a wonderful CD to add to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful sacred music ever heard 13 Feb 2009
By David Webb - Published on
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I own Sacred Treasures I & III in addition to V. All are treasures indeed! This CD does have a few repeats from I & III but that doesn't detract from its overall beauty and quiet power. I sang Gregorian chant as a child and this choral music goes beyond that experience. All of the selections are superb. I love the full mixed choirs which range from the deepest basso profundo to the highest child soprano but I also like the small ensembles which bring a tenderness to their hymns. This music represents the ultimate in pure child-like spirituality. If only the world of men could aspire to these heights!

If you desire beauty, behold! If you desire rest, here it lies! If you desire the breath of God, inhale!
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