Hidden Music of the Russian Church | Moscow Patriarch Choir

Sacred Chants after the Revolution 1917 | Geistliche Musik im Verborgenen | Герои двух эпох

The ‘Patriarch Choir of Christ the Saviour Cathedral’ in Moscow conducted by Dr. Ilya Tolkachev devotes the second of their CDs issued by German Christophorus Records to Russian sacred music composed after the 1917 Revolution. Under the Bolshevik regime, most churches and the majority of monasteries were closed and the priests and monks expelled; ecclesiastical life became extremely difficult and was permanently under threat of reprisal. Numerous celebrated composers of sacred music were only permitted to publish secular compositions, but continued to work in secret. It is these ‘hidden’ compositions which the Moscow Patriarchal Choir would like to bring to light. The composers featured include prominent Russian personalities such as Golovanov, the director of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Alexandrov, the composer of the Russian national anthem, still sung today.

It is highly symbolic that the ‘Moscow Patriarch Choir’ has devoted itself to this task as the Christ the Saviour Cathedral is itself a reflection of political developments and their consequences for the Russian Church. Consecrated in 1883 as a new centre for the Russian Church (under the musical direction of Rimsky-Korsakov and Balakirev), the building was blown up under Stalin’s rule (he had plans for the construction of a gigantic Soviet palace on the same site) and reconstructed according to the original plans in the 1990s during the era of Perestroika, thanks to donations by the Russian people. Today, the Cathedral is the symbol of the reinvigorated Russian Orthodox Church.

* * * * The Guardian  | … a sumptuous collection…this is a choral sound that just glows…

«Герои двух эпох» — Известное немецкое издательство Christophorus Records выпустило второй лицензионный диск Патриаршего хора Кафедрального соборного Храма Христа Спасителя под управлением Ильи Толкачёва с записью богослужебных песнопений Русской Православной Церкви после революции 1917 года. Каждый из героев-композиторов этого диска пережил слом русской культуры в 1917 году. Каждый совершил подвиг — воспрепятствовал жизнью и творчеством пресеканию древней традиции. Благодаря им, хоровая традиция Руси жива и сегодня. Запись произведена в Московском Кафедральном соборе. Звукорежиссер Александр Калашников. Фото: Старший звонарь Московского Кремля и Храма Христа Спасителя Игорь Коновалов, Владимир Орлов, Мария Андреева.

* * * * The Guardian | … роскошный сборник… это хоровой звук, который просто светится…

℗ & © 2016 Published by Note 1 Music Germany & Naxos Global. Manufactured and distributed by Christophorus Records in Germany. Recorded at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia. Recording producer Alexander Kalashnikov. Photos by Igor Konovalov, Vladimir Orlov and Maria Andreeva.

Catalogue No: CHR77402

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May 6, 2016

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