on 7 April 2014
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!
on 24 February 2014
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!