Anton Viskov (b. 1965), a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, is one of the most prolific contemporary choral composers in Russia today. He has over 200 sacred and secular compositions to his credit, among which are cantatas, oratorios, Liturgies, Masses, and Vespers, both a cappella and with organ and orchestral accompaniment. His liturgical works are often performed during Orthodox church services and also in the Moscow cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church. Motivically and in terms of choral sonority, his “Svete tihiy” demonstrates his connection to the great Russian choral masters of a century ago, even while being a contemporary work.
While the Russian Orthodox Church does not employ any accompaniment, and organs are quite scarce in Russia, this version the same work (CMR017) adds a very subtle organ accompaniment that can be used effectively in Roman Catholic or Protestant churches.