Sviridov - Hymns and Prayers (FLAC)
Sviridov – Hymns and Prayers (FLAC)

Composer: Georgy Sviridov
Performer: Credo Chamber Choir
Conductor: Bogdan Plish
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Toccata
Size: 248 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Introduction
01. I. O Lord, save the pious
02. II. Holy God

From the Old Testament
03. I. The Earth is the Lord’s
04. II. Song of Purification
05. III. The King of Glory

The Nativity of Christ
06. I. Nativity Song
07. II. Having beheld a strange nativity
08. III. It is meet
09. IV. Come, let us worship
10. V. Glory to the most Holy Trinity (fast)

Christ’s Life on Earth
11. I. Lord, stir up your strength
12. II. Entreaty to the apostle St. John the Theologian
13. III. The Last Supper
14. IV. Judas’ Betrayal
15. V. Glory and Alleluia
16. VI. Inexpressible Wonder

After the Resurrection
17. I. Behold the bridegroom comes
18. II. Have mercy on us, O Lord
19. III. Prayer of the Blind Man
20. IV. Glory (monastic)
21. V. Repentance of the Prodigal Son
22. VI. Glory (quiet)
23. VII. Glorification of the Mother of God

Ivanna Bondaruk, soprano
Yuliya Zuveya, mezzo soprano
Roman Podlubnyak, celibate deacon, tenor
Roman Pachashynsky, tenor
Nazar Yakobenchuk, baritone
Tarasiy Mudrak, archdeacon, bass
Credo Chamber Choir
Bogdan Plish, conductor

The beautiful and subtle sacred choral works of Georgiy Sviridov on this CD are a ‘must have’ for anyone interested in the complex musical developments of the Russian choral art under and after the Soviet era.

Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) was one of the greatest Russian composers of choral music in the latter half of the 20th century. However, since most of his life was lived under Communism, he did not overtly write sacred music. Most of his sacred works–on a variety of liturgical and non-liturgical texts–only came to light after the fall of Communism. This CD represents the “first-fruits” of the composer’s many years of carrying this music within himself–the most complete recording to date of these remarkable works. At times profoundly devotional, at other times, powerfully dramatic, they represent the strivings of a composer whose deep thinking and feeling about spiritual and churchly things found expression in his masterful compositional craftsmanship. The superb and subtle performances by the “Credo” Chamber Choir do these works justice. This CD is a ‘must have’ for anyone who is interested in the complex musical developments of the Russian choral art under and after the Soviets. It will also be enjoyed by all who love and appreciate beautiful choral singing.–V.M.

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