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Rachmaninov - Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Composer Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2571 SACD
EAN 7318599925714
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2022
Total time 59'26

The music of the Russian Orthodox Church was an essential part of Sergei Rachmaninov’s musical background. As a boy he was deeply moved by the sound of St Petersburg’s cathedral choirs, and phrases reminiscent of liturgical chant permeate his music. His Vespers has long been admired as a summit of Russian liturgical music. It has unfortunately tended to overshadow the &&&Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, his earlier large-scale sacred composition. Named after the fourth-century Archbishop of Constantinople and Church Father, the Liturgy consists of a sequence of prayers, psalms and hymns, which are sung or chanted by the different participants in the service.

Rachmaninov did not make use of any existing chants (as he would later do in his Vespers), but chose to reflect their style and spirit with music entirely of his own. The sonorities he creates is rarely achieved by plain four-part writing: instead the voices are frequently divided, solos emerge from the choir, and the range of textures shows great imagination. The Liturgy is here performed in the warm acoustics of the Niguliste Church in Tallinn by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – listed among the ten best choirs in the world by the BBC Music Magazine in 2020 – conducted by Kaspars Putniņš.
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  Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov
  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (1910) 57'54
01 The Great Litany 0'40
02 Bless the Lord, O my soul 3'43
03 Glory to the Father - Only-begotten Son 2'37
04 In Thy Kingdom 4'54
05 Come, let us worship 1'24
06 O Lord, save the pious - Holy God 2'34
07 The Augmented Litany 4'23
08 The Cherubic Hymn 4'53
09 The Litany of Supplication 0'47
10 The Creed 6'29
11 The Eucharistic Prayer: A mercy of peace 6'13
12 We hymn Thee 2'33
13 Hymn to the Mother of God: It is truly fitting 2'55
14 The Lord's Prayer: Our Father 4'42
15 Praise the Lord from the Heavens 2'16
16 Blessed is He - We have seen the true light 1'20
17 Let our mouths be filled 3'34
18 Blessed be the name of the Lord - Many Years 1'57
  Album total 59'26
ChoirEstonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
ConductorPutnins, Kaspars
ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei Vasilievich

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