Sacred Songs of Russia: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov | Paraclete Recordings GDCD100

Sacred Songs of Russia: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov


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Label: Paraclete Recordings

Cat No: GDCD100

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th August 2019



Sacred Songs of Russia portrays the musical legacy of the Russian people, which comes as a response to the depth of their faith. Among the noteworthy works on this recording, which contains previously released material, are two stirring works by Rachmaninov including Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin) from his All Night Vigil, op.37, and V molitvah (The Mother of God, ever-vigilant in prayer). Perhaps most significant are the Three Choruses of Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998), composed during a time when sacred music was still actively suppressed by the Soviet regime. The three works by Peter Tchaikovsky, Milost' mira (A Mercy of Peace), Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel cried), and Hymn in Honour of SS. Cyril and Methodius, are also strong statements of the Russian faith and expression through music.

Glorić Dei Cantores first toured Russia (then part of the USSR) in the spring of 1990, to re-introduce Russian sacred choral music to their concert halls for the first time since the Russian Revolution of 1917, and participated in several liturgies of the Russian Orthodox Church. At the request of Metropolitan Alexy of Leningrad, now Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Glorić Dei Cantores toured Russia a total of three times, returning in 1992 and 1998 to sing in Moscow, St Petersburg, and throughout the Golden Ring. Glorić Dei Cantores were also among the first Western artistic groups to tour Siberia.

Glorić Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God), holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century. Currently under the direction of Richard K Pugsley, Glorić Dei Cantores has received critical acclaim for its artistic elegance, performance authenticity, and compelling spirituality. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, the choir has toured extensively, touching the hearts of audiences in twenty-four countries in Europe, Asia, and N. America. Its discography of over fifty recordings is distributed internationally through Paraclete Recordings, a division of Paraclete Press, Inc., and NAXOS, Inc. The choir makes its home in Orleans, MA.

“This is the best – the best – compilation of standard Russian sacred choral music that I have ever heard.” – American Record Guide

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