DescriptionAn original and exciting collection of anthems and other choral pieces written for the Orthodox Church and inspired by the Church in Russia, selected by Ralph Allwood. Partly because of the re-emergence of the Church in the former Soviet Union, interest in Christian musical sources alternative to the great body of the Anglican and other Western Christian traditions has grown sharply in recent years. Though the works presented here may be unfamiliar, they are all masterly. Designed to appeal to choirs of various levels, the collection includes a Kontakion and Ikos for the funeral service, anthems by Great Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Grechaninov; and composers from our age: Stravinsky, Schnittke, or Arvo Part speaking for a tradition outside the Orthodox Church, as well as settings of the Lord´s Prayer in both Russian and English by John Tavener. SonglistBlessed Is The Man (The All Night Vigil, Op.37) [Rachmaninov, Sergei]Come Let Us Worship (The All Night Vigil, Op.37) [Rachmaninov, Sergei]How Blessed Are They That Are Chosen By Thee (Tchaikovsky)Kontakion And Ikos For The Funeral ServiceLet My Prayer Arise (Chesnokov)Mother Of God And Virgin (Arvo Part)Movement Iv- From Concerto For Mixed Chorus (Schnittke)O Praise Him- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)Otche Nash (John Tavener)Pater Noster (Stravinsky)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.29 (Grechaninov)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.31 (Rachmaninov)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)The Lord´s Prayer (The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom Op.41) [Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich]The Lord´s Prayer [Tavener, John]We Sing To The- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)We Sing To Thee (A.I.Labinski)When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child- From Chansons Pour La Jeunesse, Op.54 No.5, Legend (Tchaikovsky)
Excellent exhibition of the Russian Romantic´s mature style, particularly in the melodic style of the slow movement and the lavish and imaginative use of the orchestra (notably in the scherzo).