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The word “conspirare” derives from the Latin “con” and “spirare”
translated as “to breathe together.”

Founded in 1991 to present a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has rapidly grown to become an internationally recognized, professional choral organization that combines outstanding vocal artistry with ... Read more in Amazon's Conspirare Store

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  • Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson
  • Composer: Gretchaninov, Kastalsky, Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi (Fra)
  • ASIN: B00GS601CM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. The Great Doxology No.2, Op. 57Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Op. 37, No.2Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Glory - Only Begotten Son, Op. 29, No.2Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The BeatitudesConspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Come, Let Us Worship, Op. 8, No.2Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, No.4)Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Today the Virgin (Znamenny Chant), Op. 7bConspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. As Many Have Been Baptized (Znamenny Chant), Op. 18cConspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Cherubic Hymn, Op. 7, No.1Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Creed, Op. 29, No.8Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. A Mercy of Peace (Znamenny Chant), Op. 6Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 7:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity (Znamenny Chant)Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Our Father, Op. 29, No.11Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Op. 42, No.9Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. A Wondrous Birth (A Wondrous Birth, No.7)Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ)Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58, No.6Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age, Op. 40, No.5Conspirare, Glenn Miller and Craig Hella Johnson 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Let Our Mouths Be Filled, Op. 31, No.18Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord, Op. 31, No.19Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson0:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years, Op. 79Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Our FatherConspirare and Craig Hella Johnson 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

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To understand and partake of the 'Sacred Spirit of Russia' requires one, first and foremost, to experience the beauty and splendour of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, which has been an integral part of the Eastern Slav identity for over 1000 years. The sacred music of the New Russian Choral School features sublime settings of the liturgy that draw on a rich history of Orthodox chants and native traditions, creating music of unprecedented colour and textural richness. Following the lead of Tchaikovsky, composers such as Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Chesnokov, Rachmaninov and a host of others have left us a treasure-trove of musical delights. Craig Hella Johnson and the 35-strong Conspirare (featuring the astounding basso profundo Glenn Miller) present a glorious sampling of some of the finest works in this genre including Martynov's mesmerising 'Beatitudes' for three sopranos and choir and Kedrov's setting of the Lord's Prayer. Conspirare's esteemed language coach is the editor of Musica Russica, Vladimir Morosan who has also written the booklet notes. The only 'inauthentic' part of this SACD recording for hm USA is the spot-on intonation.

Review

EDITOR S CHOICE Conspirare are at their richest and most carefully blended here ... the forward brightness of the upper voices creates thrilling friction against their darker tones. This music has waited a long time for a champion, and Conspirare do it proud. --Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone

Basso profundo Glenn Miller s ability to reach the lowest notes is almost freakishly delightful ... this is quite an achievement for a non-Russian ensemble, and there are no chinks in Conspirare s armour related either to technique or to style ... Conspirare s versatility is astonishing ... ethereally beautiful sound. --Raymond S. Tuttle, IRR May 2014

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By werdna1030 on 7 April 2014
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If you like choral works from the the Russian Orthodox church I would normally recommend a choir from Russia or one of its former satellites in the old USSR. This is the exception.The choir is warm and accurate and has the "Sound" of a Russian choir which is beyond just singing the Russian verse.Congratulations to all involved with the sourcing of the music, and the singing and the production. Finally, do play this Loud and the whole way through, that way it will be with you throughout the next few days,the original Soul music!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jet Wind on 4 Jun. 2014
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I think this heading say's it all. This Choir may be American but sound passable as Russian and what a bass soloist they have. If you have never tried this sort of music before, I couldn't think of a better place to start. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. McGuire on 24 Feb. 2014
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Those who come across Russian music generally get hooked. Let's hope this hooks a few more.
For a start it reviews that whole tradition, from the earliest days to the most modern, with the emphasis on the classics, justifiably. But the settings of the beatitudes, and Teach me silence, O Lord, are exquisite modern pieces.
And they show it is a tradition - a limited number of elements, and rules - such as all the parallel sixths- worked annd reworked to provide for a true corpus.
Anyone who likes Oktavists will bliss out on this CD.
An essential addition to the Russian corpus!
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