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Pavel Chesnokov published his Memorial Service (Panihida), op. 39 for both mixed choir and in an arrangement for male chorus; the latter version is featured on this recording. Although freely composed (using no pre-existing chants), this setting captures the bright, hopeful sadness of the Orthodox memorial service without undue sentimentality or dramatism. The singing of both the solosits and choir is in keeping with the liturgical spirit of this composition, as well as technically refined and musical. In a touching gesture, the singers commemorate the deceased composer (the servant of God, Pavel) in this rendition. Also featured are several other of Chesnokov's rarely heard settings for male voices.--V.M.