Anthology of Russian Sacred Music

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Anthology of Russian Sacred Music

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1001661
  • Recorded: 1966 - 2008
  • Release: 2009

The release of this Anthology presents the aim to acquaint a broad range of listeners with the main highlights in the development of Russian sacred music. History spans ten centuries of existence of sacred music on Russian soil, and manifests from the very beginning the originality of its development at every stage. The initial forms and chants of the early Russian musical tradition, adopted from the Byzantine Empire, formed themselves rather quickly into a special type of early Russian vocal art – the znamenny chant. The znamenny chant presented a form of monophonic chant and is performed in unison by male singers. Only at the turn of the 19th and the 20th centuries, due to the musical innovations of composer A. Kastalsky and the ideas of choral conductor and musicologist S. Smolensky a special style of arrangements of znamenny chants was found, combining the features of early Russian church music with those of Russian polyphonic folk songs. An entire school of Moscow composers was developed at that time, the artistic center of which was the Moscow Synodal College of Church Singing. It brought up several generations of musicians, teachers and composers, among which were A. Nikolsky and P. Chesnokov, A. Grechaninov and N. Golovanov, V. Kalinnikov and K. Shvedov. At the same time, in St. Petersburg the mixed chorus organized by composer and choral conductor Alexander Arkhangelsky had numerous concert performances. In contrast to the Synodal Chorus, consisting of voices of men and young boys, Arkhangelsky’s chorus also included female voices – Arkhangelsky was the first to have replaced children’s voices of boys with female voices in the practice of church singing. A new phase opened with the appearance of sacred works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A significant historical event in the sphere of music was the concert performance of the “Liturgy”: the practice of holding sacred concerts outside of the church was revived, and this served as a basis for different interpretations of church music at the end of the 20th century. An ingenious musical realization was given to the sacred cycles the “Liturgy of St. john Chrysostom” (1910) and “Vespers” (1915) by the outstanding Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” presented a final summation of the lengthy history of the development of the znamenny chant. After several decades, its main principles were applied by contemporary composer, Rodion Shchedrin in his unique Russian choral Liturgy “The Sealed Angel” (1988). The second wave of development in the genre of the choral concerto could be discerned in the Russian music of the post-war years. Anthology of Russian Sacred Music Volume 1. Early Russian Chants (1966 – 1989) Volume 2. Masters of the Early Polyphonic Style (1981 – 1989) Volume 3. The Choral Concerto of the 18th and 19th Centuries (1966 – 1990) Volume 4. The Moscow Composers from the Early 20th Century (1968 – 2008) Volume 5. The Leningrad Composers from the Early 20th Century (1987 – 1988) Volume 6. Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Sacred Choral Compositions (1979) Volume 7. Sergei Rachmaninov. Sacred Choral Compositions (1977 – 1988) Volume 8. Russian Sacred Music in the 20th Century (1974 – 1989)

Track list

  • 1 O, Come, Let Us Worship. Bless the Lord, O My Soul 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students
    06:37
  • 2 Peaceful Light 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students
    01:37
  • 3 Nunc Dimittis 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students
    02:16
  • 4 Hail Mary, Full of Grace 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students
    01:40
  • 5 The Six Psalms: No. 3 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students
    03:18
  • 6 Dogmatikon: King of Heaven 
    Alexander Yurlov, Male Section of the Republic Academic Choral Cappella
    04:42
  • 7 Glorious Easter: Tone 5. Stichera 
    I. Kryuchkov, Alexander Yurlov, Male Section of the Republic Academic Choral Cappella
    03:39
  • 8 May God Arise from the Dead: Tone 5. Stichera 
    M. Zlotopolyky, Alexander Yurlov, Male Section of the Republic Academic Choral Cappella
    03:47
  • 9 Stichera No. 1 
    Igor Voronov, Male Vocal Quartet (Ivan The Terrible)
    04:42
  • 10 It Is Truly Meet 
    Alexander Yurlov, Male Section of the Republic Academic Choral Cappella (Tsar Feodor)
    02:41
  • 11 King of Heaven 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    01:39
  • 12 O Come, Let Us Worship 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    00:55
  • 13 Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    01:58
  • 14 Trisagion 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    02:04
  • 15 Peaceful Light 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    02:07
  • 16 Praise the Name of the Lord 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    03:49
  • 17 Communion Anthem 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    10:18
  • 18 From the Time of My Youth 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    03:37
  • 19 It Is Truly Meet 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    01:57
  • 20 Cherubikon / Cherubic Hymn 
    Anatoly Grindenko, Male Choir of the Employees of the Publishing Section of the Moscow Patriarchate
    07:53
  • 21 Easter Canon (Live) 
    Victor Ikonnik, Boris Lyatoshinsky Kiev Chamber Chorus (Nikolay Diletsky)
    23:52
  • 22 Accept the Body of Christ (Live) 
    Victor Ikonnik, Boris Lyatoshinsky Kiev Chamber Chorus (Nikolay Diletsky)
    03:46
  • 23 Divine Service (Live) 
    Victor Ikonnik, Boris Lyatoshinsky Kiev Chamber Chorus (Nikolay Diletsky)
    19:03
  • 24 Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Live) 
    Vladislav Sokolov & Andrei Kozhevnikov, Moscow State Chorus (Vasily Titov)
    05:54
  • 25 Christmas Concerto for 12-Part Chorus (Live) 
    Vladislav Sokolov & Andrei Kozhevnikov, Moscow State Chorus (Vasily Titov)
    03:09
  • 26 Praise the Name of the Lord (Live) 
    Vladislav Sokolov & Andrei Kozhevnikov, Moscow State Chorus (Vasily Titov)
    02:25
  • 27 Immaculate Virgin, Concerto for Two Choruses (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Vasily Titov)
    02:24
  • 28 Hirmoses of the "Katabasis" Canon, For Two Choruses (Live) 
    Vladislav Sokolov & Andrei Kozhevnikov, Moscow State Chorus (Vasily Titov)
    10:30
  • 29 Universal Praise, Concerto for Two Choruses (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Vasily Titov)
    02:20
  • 30 Do Not Forsake Me in My Old Age, Concerto (Live) 
    Alexander Yurlov, Republican Russian Academic A Cappella Chorus (Maxim Berezovsky)
    13:07
  • 31 Glory to God in the Highest, Concerto No. VI (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    05:49
  • 32 I Have Cried to the Lord with My Voice, Concerto No. XXVII (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    15:21
  • 33 How Amiable Are Thy Inhabitancy, O Lord, Concerto No. XVII (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    08:30
  • 34 Why Art Thou Lamentable, O My Soul, Concerto No. XXXIII (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    11:38
  • 35 Let God Arise, Concerto No. XXXIV (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    08:16
  • 36 We Praise Thee, O God, Concerto (Live) 
    Archimandrite Matfey, Choir of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius (Dmitry Bortniansky)
    08:00
  • 37 This Day / Prokeimenon During the Week of Easter 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Church “Joy to All Sorrowful” (Mikhail Rechkunov)
    01:42
  • 38 Day of Resurrection 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Church “Joy to All Sorrowful” (Alexander Nikolsky)
    01:51
  • 39 Christ Is Risen 
    Gennady Kharitonov, Choir of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Epiphany (Alexander Kastalsky)
    01:30
  • 40 Praise the Name of the Lord 
    Archimandrite Matfey, Choir of the Monastery of the Trinity and St. Sergius and the Moscow Ecclesiastic Academy and Seminary (Alexander Gretchaninov)
    05:38
  • 41 The Lord Is Alive 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Church “Joy to All Sorrowful” (Alexander Gretchaninov)
    12:16
  • 42 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 42: Cherubim Hymn 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Church “Joy to All Sorrowful” (Pavel Chesnokov)
    06:22
  • 43 Mother of God 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    03:13
  • 44 The Virtuous Thief 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    02:15
  • 45 Save Your People, O Lord 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    05:37
  • 46 Praise the Lord from the Heavens 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    02:30
  • 47 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya (Praise the Lord, O My Soul) 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    03:22
  • 48 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 3, Blazhen Muzh (Blessed Is the Man) 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    03:48
  • 49 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 5, Nyne Otlushchayeshi (Nunc Dimittis) 
    Nikolai Georgievsky, Choir of the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary (Pavel Chesnokov)
    03:22
  • 50 Egda Snizshel, Op. 37: No. 9 
    Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory, Boris Tevlin (Nikolai Golovanov)
    02:37
  • 51 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 4, O Lord Come, Let Us Worship 
    Father Boris (Glebov), Father Alexei (Podobayev), Nikolai Kornev, Leningrad Chamber Chorus (Konstantine Shvedov)
    01:36
  • 52 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 5, Lord, Save the Faithful and the Trisagion 
    Father Boris (Glebov), Father Alexei (Podobayev), Nikolai Kornev, Leningrad Chamber Chorus (Konstantine Shvedov)
    03:25
  • 53 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 12, The Lord's Prayer 
    Father Boris (Glebov), Father Alexei (Podobayev), Nikolai Kornev, Leningrad Chamber Chorus (Konstantine Shvedov)
    03:24
  • 54 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 13, Praise the Lord from the Heavens 
    Father Boris (Glebov), Father Alexei (Podobayev), Nikolai Kornev, Leningrad Chamber Chorus (Konstantine Shvedov)
    02:36
  • 55 The Cross of the Preserver of All the Universe 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Cathedral of “Joy of All the Sorrowful” (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    03:06
  • 56 Blessed Are Those Who Understand 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Cathedral of “Joy of All the Sorrowful” (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    06:07
  • 57 Inspire, Lord, My Prayer 
    Nikolai Matveyev, Choir of the Moscow Cathedral of “Joy of All the Sorrowful” (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    07:25
  • 58 I Dread the Fearful Day 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    08:00
  • 59 I Have Cried to the Lord with My Voice 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    06:59
  • 60 Not Having Any Other Help 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    04:45
  • 61 Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me  
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    05:30
  • 62 All-Night Vigil, Op.37: No. 1, Priidite, Poklonimsya (O Come, Let Us Worship) 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    03:34
  • 63 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 4, Svete Tikhiy (Gladsome Light) 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    03:56
  • 64 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 7, Shestopsalmiye (Glory Be to God) 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    03:49
  • 65 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 8, Khvalite Imya Gospodne (Praise Be the Name of the Lord) 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    02:13
  • 66 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 10, Voskreseniye Khristovo Videvshe (The Veneration of the Cross) 
    Ariadna Rybakova, Choir of the Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
    11:19
  • 67 The Angel Cried Out 
    Yuri Ukhov, Yurlov State Academic Russian Chorus (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:05
  • 68 Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 1, Cherubic Hymn 
    Yuri Ukhov, Yurlov State Academic Russian Chorus (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    05:28
  • 69 Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 5, It Is Truly Meet 
    Yuri Ukhov: YYuri Ukhov, Yurlov State Academic Russian Chorus urlov State Academic Russian Chorus (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:13
  • 70 Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 9, Now the Heavenly Hosts 
    Yuri Ukhov, Yurlov State Academic Russian Chorus (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    04:32
  • 71 Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 7, Blessed Are Those Whom Thou Closest 
    Yuri Ukhov, Yurlov State Academic Russian Chorus (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:12
  • 72 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 3, Come, Let Us Worship 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    04:39
  • 73 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 6, Cherubic Hymn 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    08:58
  • 74 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 8, I Believe in One God, The Father, The Almighty 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:41
  • 75 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 9, Merciful Peace 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:38
  • 76 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 13, Our Father 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    03:32
  • 77 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 14, Praise the Lord from the Heavens 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    02:25
  • 78 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 1, Bless My Soul, O Lord 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    04:23
  • 79 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 3, Blessed Is the Man 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    02:50
  • 80 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 5, Gladsome Light 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    02:18
  • 81 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 8, Praise the Name of the Lord 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    04:05
  • 82 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 9, Blessed Art Thou, Lord 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    04:36
  • 83 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 10, From My Youth 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    02:04
  • 84 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 11, Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    01:31
  • 85 All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 16, Glory to God in the Highest 
    Vladislav Chernushenko, Leningrad Academic Glinka Capella (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    05:26
  • 86 Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": I. The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer (Live) 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    05:24
  • 87 Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": II. Since You Gave Life… (Live) 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    01:14
  • 88 Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": III. Enter the Womb (Live) 
    Boris Tevlin, Moscow Chorus of Youth and Students (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    02:09
  • 89 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya, Gospoda (Praise the Lord, O My Soul) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    04:06
  • 90 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 3, Slava Otsu I Yedinorodny (The Only-Begotten) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    02:40
  • 91 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 4, Vo Tsarstvii Tvoyem (In Thy Kingdom) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    04:53
  • 92 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 6, Gospodi, Spasi Blagochestinvya I Svyaty Bozhe (Lord, Save the Faithful, And Holy God) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Yuri Kutanin, Alexander Karakuts, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    03:49
  • 93 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 8, Izhe Kheruvimy (Which Cherubim) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    05:12
  • 94 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 10, Veruyu (I Believe) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Yuri Kutanin, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    06:08
  • 95 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 12, Tebe Poyom (We Sing to Thee) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    03:08
  • 96 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 16, Khvalite Gospoda S Nebes (Praise God in the Heavens) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    02:13
  • 97 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 20, Slava Otsu I Blagochestiveyshago (Praise the Father and the Faithful) (Live) 
    Moscow Chamber Chorus, Vladimir Minin (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    00:55
  • 98 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya (Praise the Lord, O My Soul) (Live) 
    Irina Arkhipova, Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    05:27
  • 99 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 3, Blazhen Muzh (Blessed Is the Man) (Live) 
    Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    04:26
  • 100 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 4, Svete Tikhiy (Gladsome Light) (Live) 
    Victor Rumyantsev, Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    03:58