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November 1, 2013 — Archangel Voices, under the direction of Vladimir Morosan, has released a new CD of Orthodox hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God (known as Panagia). The CD, sung exclusively in English, features works by Russian as well as American Orthodox composers. A number of scores are published by Musica Russica.
On January 31 and February 1-3, 2013, Conspirare, directed by Craig Hella Johnson, gave four highly successful performances of The Sacred Spirit of Russia program, of music selected entirely from the Musica Russica catalog. A CD on the Harmonia Mundi label is expected in Fall, 2013. View some concert selections in the sheet music gallery to the left.
October 2013 — Musica Russica has published 23 new sacred sheet music titles: 11 in Church Slavonic and 12 in English. Both sets are available in promotional packets at a 50% discount. We are especially pleased to feature the works of four Orthodox Christian composers, currently working in the US: Nicholas Reeves, Kurt Sander, Richard Toensing, and Nazo Zakkak.
Using musical examples drawn from the history of Russian music, Musica Russica's president, Dr. Vladimir Morosan, reveals some of the musical sources of the All-Night Vigil and explains how Rachmaninoff wove them together to create a composition that was uniquely his own.
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J. Reilly Lewis
Cathedral Choral Society
Washington Bach Consort
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Dorothy Y. Mutkoski
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Robert W. Parker
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Marianna Parnas Simpson
Houston Chamber Choir