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Nine Sacred Choruses

composer
1884/5
author of text

 
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

Le tsar Alexandre III (1881–1894) considéra la musique sacrée de Tchaïkovski de manière plus positive que l’Église et dit au compositeur combien il était étonné qu’il n’eût rien écrit d’autre dans ce domaine. Entre novembre 1884 et avril 1885, Tchaïkovski composa donc trois autres mises en musique de l’Hymne chérubique, toutes d’humeur comparable à celle de l’ensemble de la Liturgie, mais beaucoup plus influencées par le chant grégorien et clairement modales. Il mit aussi en musique une série d’autres textes sacrés, dont trois provenant de la Liturgie (Tebe poem, Dostoyno est, Prière du Seigneur); citons également le magnifique Blazhenni yazhe izbral, morceau empli de lumière, extrait du Panikhidaÿ (service funèbre); Da ispravitsya, tiré des vêpres; et Nyne sily nebesnyya—dont la richesse d’écriture rapproche Tchaïkovski de Rachmaninov ou de Kastalski—, extrait de la liturgie des présanctifiés.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Eine etwas positivere Haltung gegenüber Tschaikowskys Kirchenmusik als die Kirche nahm Zar Alexander III (1881–1894) ein. Dieser äußerte dem Komponisten gegenüber seine Überraschung angesichts der Tatsache, daß er keine weiteren Werke auf diesem Gebiet geschrieben hatte. Zwischen November 1884 und April 1885 komponierte Tschaikowsky daher drei weitere Vertonungen des Cherubinischen Lobgesangs, dessen Stimmung jener in der kompletten Liturgie ähnlich ist, jedoch einen viel stärkeren Einfluß des Chorgesangs und eine transparente Modalität besitzt. Er vertonte außerdem eine ganze Serie von Kirchentexten, drei davon aus der Liturgie (Tebe poem, Dostoyno est, Vaterunser), das herrliche, lichterfüllte Blazhenni yazhe izbral stammt aus dem Panikhidaÿ (Begräbnisgottesdienst), Da ispravitsya aus der Vesper und Nyne sily nebesnyya, in dem Tschaikowsky mit der Völle seiner Komposition nahe an Rachmaninow oder Kastalsky herangkommt, aus der Liturgie der vorgeweihten Gaben.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 1997
Deutsch: Anke Vogelhuber

Recordings

Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
CDH55437

Details

No 1: Kheruvimskaya pesnya 'The Cherubic Hymn' in F major
Track 1 on CDH55437 [5'28]
No 2: Kheruvimskaya pesnya 'The Cherubic Hymn' in D major
Track 2 on CDH55437 [5'33]
No 3: Kheruvimskaya pesnya 'The Cherubic Hymn' in C major
Track 3 on CDH55437 [5'58]
No 4: Tebe poem 'We praise you'
Track 4 on CDH55437 [3'09]
No 5: Dostoyno est 'Hymn to the Mother of God'
Track 5 on CDH55437 [2'34]
No 6: Otche nash 'Our Father'
Track 6 on CDH55437 [3'29]
No 7: Blazhenni yazhe izbral 'Blessed are they'
Track 7 on CDH55437 [3'26]
No 8: Da ispravitsya 'Let my prayer'
Track 8 on CDH55437 [7'28]
No 9: Nyne sily nebesnyya 'Now the powers of heaven'
Track 9 on CDH55437 [5'31]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55437 track 4

Tebe poem 'We praise you'
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-94804
Duration
3'09
Recording date
27 April 1997
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (CDA66948)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 1997
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Superseded by CDH55437
  2. Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (CDH55437)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: December 2012
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