Serene Ecstasy - The Light & Sorrow Of Orthodox Russia
The choir opens the program with "The Russian Soil," a hymn dedicated to Russian saints that is memorable for its rhythmic drive and exalted tone. Two sacred pieces by Tchaikovsky are marked by drama and, in "Eucharist" from the 'Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,' a sense of joy. The group's lush tonal quality is ideal in Ippolitov-Ivanov's pacific "Praise the Lord, O My Soul."
This recording consistently impresses with its excellent singing and fascinating repertoire; surely it's an ideal recording for all lovers of sacred music.
Catalog Number: DE 3264
Composer: Alexander Arkhangelsky, Alexandre Agafonnikov, Alfred Schnittke, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Nicolai Lebedev, Pavel Chesnokov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Traditional, Valeri Grigorevich Kikta
Conductor: Lev Kontorovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
Performer: Denis Khramov, Elena Khmara, Sergei Aksionov, Viktoria Smirnova