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Christ in Majesty.
Russian ikon from the first half of the 15th century
Track(s) taken from CDA66928
Recording details: October 1996
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 20 seconds

Svete tihiy 'Radiant Light'
composer
author of text

Introduction
The musical world is acquainted with the name of Vasily Kalinnikov (1866–1901), whose untimely death cut short a promising career as a symphonic composer. The name of his younger brother Victor Kalinnikov (1870–1927) remains virtually unknown in Russia, and even more so in the West. Yet this eminent choral conductor and pedagogue, affiliated with the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing and the Moscow Conservatory, left a small but significant legacy of choral works—twenty-four sacred choruses and a number of secular choral part-songs and folk-song arrangements—which show him to be an accomplished master. His setting of the ancient Christian Hymn Radiant Light employs a rich and varied palette of choral sonorities by means of which he underscores the textual structure of the hymn and expresses the theological majesty of the text.

from notes by Vladimir Morosan 1997

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