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Cn048(wc) CHESNOKOV ~ Of Thy Mystical Supper (Vecheri Tvoyeya) ssaa $1.95
“Of Thy Mystical Supper” is a hymn from the Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday in the Orthodox Church, when the institution of the Eucharist at the Mystical Supper is recalled; as such, it can be sung at any celebration of the Eucharist. Chesnokov’s setting, written when he was teaching choir at several finishing schools for young women, uses simple harmonic language and homophony to convey these profound words.
Cn049(wc) CHESNOKOV~ Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Da molchit) ssaa $1.95
In the Orthodox Church, the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” replaces the Cherubic Hymn at the Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday, one of the most solemn services of the entire liturgical year. In a non-Orthodox context, Chesnokov’s setting works well as an anthem or concert piece, having a nice blend of harmonic and contrapuntal interest that appropriately evokes the solemn and other-worldly nature of this text. Chesnokov wrote this setting when he was teaching choir at several finishing schools for young women, thus the level of difficulty is not extreme.
CMR011(wc) MARTYNOV ~ The Beatitudes (Zapovedi blazhenstv) ssaa $2.95
This setting of Vladimir Martynov’s acclaimed Beatitudes (recorded by Conspirare on their Grammy-winning CD, The Sacred Spirit of Russia) is offered in an arrangement for treble voices by Elena Sharkova.
Martynov (b. 1946) is a Moscow composer who began with post-modernist avant garde and experimental music and later shifted his attention to the chant of the Russian Orthodox Church. His magical setting of the Beatitudes is simplicity itself: two soprano soloists (later joined by a third, singing a descant) alternately sing the words from the Sermon on the Mount to a folk-like pentatonic melody over a timeless ostinato of barely shifting chords hummed by the chorus. Only in the last verse is the music (along with the listeners’ attention) given a new direction—heavenward. The coda, repeated ad libitum, leaves the hearer transfixed and transformed at having experienced something timeless, eternal, and definitely not of this world.
Also available for mixed voices with Slavonic text, cat. No. CMR011, and English translation, cat. No. OMP-CMR011E.
CMR015(wc) - PODGAITS - Dithyramb (Dithyramb) ssaa $2.95
Efrem I. Podgaits (b. 1949) is a prolific composer of works in many genres, with a special emphasis on music for treble and children’s choirs. In 2007, the “Vesna” Children’s Choir from Moscow won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing for their performance of “Dithyramb”—which is defined as a Greek choral chant of wild and passionate character. The text of Podgatits’ “Dithyramb” is sacred—“Gloria in excelsis Deo! Osanna in excelsis!”—but the musical setting is certainly exalted, exciting, and vibrant. An extraordinary program piece for an accomplished treble or women’s choir!
—Notes by Vladimir Morosan
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