Chesnokov composed this opulent, Romantic setting of the Magnificat for the famous Russian soprano Antonina Nezhdanova (1873–1950), the leading soprano of the Bolshoi Opera during the first half of the 20th century, to whom Rachmaninoff dedicated his well-known “Vocalise.” The soloist sings the words of the Virgin Mary in sweeping lyric lines over a sumptuous choral accompaniment. Suitable for Christmas and general use.
Also available with the original Slavonic text in Cyrillic and phonetics, cat. No. Cn223.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)