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Sanctuary doors showing St John Chrysostom (detail) (Late 14th century).
Track(s) taken from CDH55318
Recording details: April 1994
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: August 1994
Total duration: 77 minutes 17 seconds

'Impeccable, their sense of timing just right—leisurely, tender and reverential … a worthy follow-up to its admirable Vespers' (BBC Music Magazine)

'As good as we have learned to expect from Matthew Best's Corydon Singers, and Best does the music itself proud' (CDReview)

'Le chœur anglais est superbe de recueillement et la prise de son valorise parfaitement la mise en place de l'ensemble' (Répertoire, France)

The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31
1910; first performed by the choir of the Moscow Synodal School under Nikolai Mikhailovich Danilin on 25 November 1910
author of text

Rachmaninov’s setting of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom remains, for many, the most musically satisfying setting of this particular Russian Orthodox service. Although Rachmaninov (1873–1943) never stipulated whether it was intended for performance in church or concert hall, it works well in both contexts due to its formal clarity and the spiritual splendour of the choral writing. The Hymn to the Cherubim calls for us to lay aside the cares of this life and receive the ‘King of All’. The sublime, undulating opening soon gives way to hushed tones before building into a grand climax, glorifying the Holy Trinity. The hymn ends gently with long-spun Alleluias.

from notes by M Ross 2006

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