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Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 41

First line:
Izhe heruvimï, tayno obrazuyushche 'Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim'

The sacred choral legacies of Tchaikovsky and Grechaninov exhibit a number of interesting interconnections. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) was the first Russian composer in the late nineteenth century to write a stylistically unified, cyclical setting of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, the central eucharistic service of the Orthodox Church. His Liturgy, Op 41 elicited a good deal of controversy in Church circles—some critics likened it to a ‘sacred opera’ that used the text of the Liturgy as its libretto, while the Director of the Imperial Chapel, Bakhmetev, even attempted to ban publication and dissemination of the work. Nevertheless, Tchaikovsky’s lead was subsequently followed by many Russian composers.

from notes by Vladimir Morosan © 1997


Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Ikon, Vol. 1
Ikon, Vol. 2


No 01: Slava Otsu, i Synu 'Glory be to the Father, and to the Son'
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Track 11 on CDH55437 [1'45]
No 02: Priidite, poklonimsya 'Come, let us worship'
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Track 8 on CDA67756 [2'15]
Track 12 on CDH55437 [2'07]
No 03: Kheruvimskaya pesnya 'The Cherubic Hymn'  Izhe heruvimï, tayno obrazuyushche 'Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim'
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Track 12 on CDA66928 [5'38]
Track 13 on CDH55437 [6'07]
No 04: Veruyu 'The Creed'
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Track 14 on CDH55437 [3'15]
No 05: Milost mira 'A mercy of peace'
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Track 15 on CDH55437 [2'39]
No 06: Tebe poem 'We praise you'
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Track 10 on CDA66928 [3'10]
Track 16 on CDH55437 [2'31]
No 07: Dostoyno est 'Hymn to the Mother of God'
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Track 17 on CDH55437 [2'39]
No 08: Otche nash 'Our Father'
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Track 18 on CDH55437 [1'38]
No 09: Khvalite Gospoda 'Praise the Lord'
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Track 19 on CDH55437 [2'32]
No 10: Blagosloven gradyy 'Blessed is he who comes'
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Track 20 on CDH55437 [3'14]

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