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The Virgin from a Deesis Tier (first half on the sixteenth century).
Old Believers Church or the Dormition in Tver
Track(s) taken from CDH55437
Recording details: April 1997
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 1997
Total duration: 42 minutes 36 seconds

'I would go so far as to say that this recording carries more musical conviction than any of its rivals' (Classic CD)

Nine Sacred Choruses
composer
1884/5
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A rather more positive view of Tchaikosvky’s sacred music than that of the Church was taken by Tsar Aleksandr III (1881–1894). He told the composer that he was puzzled at his not having written anything further in this field. Between November 1884 and April 1885, therefore, Tchaikovsky composed three further settings of the Cherubic Hymn, all similar in mood to that found in the complete Liturgy but much more influenced by chant and transparently modal. He also set a series of other sacred texts, three of them from the Liturgy (Tebe poem, Dostoyno est and The Lord’s Prayer); the magnificent, light-filled Blazhenni yazhe izbral comes from the Panikhidaÿ (funeral service), Da ispravitsya is from Vespers, and Nyne sily nebesnyya, in which the richness of Tchaikovsky’s scoring takes him close to Rachmaninov or Kastalsky, is from the Liturgy of the Presanctified.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1997

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