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The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31

composer
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

Recordings

Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
CDH55318
Russian Treasures
Studio Master: SIGCD900Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Allegri: Miserere
Studio Master: SIGCD085Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Movement 01: Velikaya Ekteniya 'The Great Litany'
Track 1 on CDH55318 [5'27]
Movement 02: Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda 'First Antiphon: Bless the Lord, O my soul'
Track 2 on CDH55318 [4'40]
Movement 03: Slava Otsu – Edinorodnyy Syne 'Second Antiphon: Glory be to God the Father'
Track 3 on CDH55318 [4'06]
Movement 04: Vo tsarstvii tvoem 'Third Antiphon: In your kingdom'
Track 4 on CDH55318 [4'47]
Movement 05: Priidite, poklonimsya 'The Little Entrance: Come, let us worship'
Track 5 on CDH55318 [1'40]
Movement 06: Gospodi, spasi blagochestivya 'Trisagion: Lord, we pray that you may be merciful'
Track 6 on CDH55318 [3'11]
Movement 07: Sugubaya Ekteniya 'Augmented Litany'
Track 7 on CDH55318 [4'40]
Movement 08: Kheruvimskaya pesn 'Cherubic Hymn'
Track 8 on CDH55318 [5'03]
Track 4 on SIGCD085 [4'39] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD900 [4'29] Download only
Movement 09: Prositelnaya Ekteniya 'Litany of Supplication'
Track 9 on CDH55318 [4'26]
Movement 10: Simvol very: Veruyu 'The Creed: I believe in one God'
Track 10 on CDH55318 [5'21]
Movement 11: Milost mira 'The Eucharistic Prayer – Sanctus – Benedictus'
Track 11 on CDH55318 [5'28]
Movement 12: Tebe poem 'We praise you'
Track 12 on CDH55318 [2'19]
Track 6 on SIGCD900 [2'21] Download only
Movement 13: Dostoyno est 'Hymn to the Mother of God: It is truly meet to bless you'
Track 13 on CDH55318 [7'27]
Movement 14: Otche nash 'The Lord's Prayer: Our Father in heaven'
Track 14 on CDH55318 [4'08]
Track 13 on SIGCD900 [3'54] Download only
Movement 15: Edin svyat 'One is holy'
Track 15 on CDH55318 [1'27]
Movement 16: Khvalite Gospoda s nebes 'Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord from the heavens'
Track 16 on CDH55318 [2'30]
Movement 17: Blagosloven gradyy 'Blessed is he'
Track 17 on CDH55318 [2'22]
Movement 18: Da ispolnyatsya usta nasha 'Hymn of Praise: Let our mouths be filled'
Track 18 on CDH55318 [5'48]
Movement 19: Budi imya Gospodne 'Blessed be the name of the Lord'
Track 19 on CDH55318 [1'01]
Movement 20: Otpust 'Dismissal'
Track 20 on CDH55318 [1'26]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55318 track 3

Slava Otsu – Edinorodnyy Syne 'Second Antiphon: Glory be to God the Father'
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-70303
Duration
4'06
Recording date
7 April 1994
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (CDA66703)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: August 1994
    Deletion date: March 2007
    Superseded by CDH55318
  2. Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (CDH55318)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2008
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