Once in a while a recording comes along in which all the elements blend together in perfect harmony: the composer provides an inspired musical setting for the liturgical text, the singing of the choir is tuneful and imbued with reverence, the exclamations of the clergy are perfectly pitched and tastefully executed. The result can be termed truly "liturgical"--for the liturgy is all about diverse groups of people working in a spirit of perfect harmony to produce transcendent beauty, reflective of the harmony and beauty of the Heavenly Kingdom. Exactly such a result is achieved on this recording of Chesnokov's Panihida by the "Domestik" Choir of Ekaterinburg, whose work is dedicated to the memory of Czar Nicholas II and the Royal Family, martyred in that city. Certainly this recording stands as a fitting memorial. Titles and notes are in Russian and English.--V. M.