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Rachmaninov - Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Catalogue numberBIS-2571 SACD
Release date2022-02-04
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:26

The music of the Russian Orthodox Church was an essential part of Sergei Rachmaninov’s musical background. As a boy he was deeply moved by the sound of St Petersburg’s cathedral choirs, and phrases reminiscent of liturgical chant permeate his music. His Vespers has long been admired as a summit of Russian liturgical music. It has unfortunately tended to overshadow the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, his earlier large-scale sacred composition. Named after the fourth-century Archbishop of Constantinople and Church Father, the Liturgy consists of a sequence of prayers, psalms and hymns, which are sung or chanted by the different participants in the service.

Rachmaninov did not make use of any existing chants (as he would later do in his Vespers), but chose to reflect their style and spirit with music entirely of his own. The sonorities he creates is rarely achieved by plain four-part writing: instead the voices are frequently divided, solos emerge from the choir, and the range of textures shows great imagination. The Liturgy is here performed in the warm acoustics of the Niguliste Church in Tallinn by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – listed among the ten best choirs in the world by the BBC Music Magazine in 2020 – conducted by Kaspars Putniņš.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei Vasilievich
  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (1910) 59:18
01 The Great Litany 00:44 $ 0.18 USD
02 Bless the Lord, O my soul 03:45 $ 0.90 USD
03 Glory to the Father - Only-begotten Son 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
04 In Thy Kingdom 04:56 $ 1.18 USD
05 Come, let us worship 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
06 O Lord, save the pious - Holy God 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
07 The Augmented Litany 04:27 $ 1.07 USD
08 The Cherubic Hymn 04:56 $ 1.18 USD
09 The Litany of Supplication 00:48 $ 0.19 USD
10 The Creed 06:35 $ 1.58 USD
11 The Eucharistic Prayer: A mercy of peace 06:16 $ 1.50 USD
12 We hymn Thee 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
13 Hymn to the Mother of God: It is truly fitting 02:58 $ 0.71 USD
14 The Lord's Prayer: Our Father 04:47 $ 1.15 USD
15 Praise the Lord from the Heavens 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
16 Blessed is He - We have seen the true light 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
17 Let our mouths be filled 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
18 Blessed be the name of the Lord - Many Years 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
  Album total 59:26
ChoirEstonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
ConductorPutnins, Kaspars
ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei Vasilievich

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