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Established in 1983, the Russian Patriarchate Choir, under the direction of Anatoly Grindenko, has established an international reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early Russian liturgical chant. Over the span of two decades, they released 13 outstanding CDs on the now-defunct French label Opus 111, but in recent years, their recordings have been largely unavailable. We are delighted therefore to be able to offer the present recording for downloading under license from the artists. This retrospective CD contains some of their finest tracks from the two greatest feasts of Orthodox Christianity—the Nativity of Christ and Pascha, the Resurrection of Christ, including unison chants, hauntingly beautiful znamenny and demestvenny chants with ison, and some early harmonized polyphony. Whether you are already a fan of the Russian Patriarchal Choir or missed getting to know them when they were actively recording, this is a CD you will not want to miss. (The download contains the full booklet and digipak, together with titles in Russian and English.)--V.M.