CARUS, 1 CD
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The NDR Choir is one of Germany's leading professional chamber choirs and celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016. Together with its conductor Philipp Ahmann the choir invites the listener to discover a little known facet of Tchaikovsky's musical oeuvre: a cappella choral works for Russian Orthodox services. The internationally popular creator of immortal masterpieces such as Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin presented his first church music composition in 1878: the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The present CD offers a selection of four of altogether thirteen choruses comprising Opus 41. Like the Nine Sacred Choruses which were composed in 1884/85, these works breathe the spirit of Old Russian church hymns; nevertheless, their musical language points the way to the future. These cycles are complemented with the chorus The Angel Cried from the year 1887, a remarkable, richly hued work of art, versatile in its setting and a wealth of sonorous effects.
|1||Nr. 1 Cheruvimskaja pesn 1||5:54|
|2||Nr. 2 Cheruvimskaja pesn 2||5:58|
|3||Nr. 3 Cheruvimskaja pesn 3||5:43|
|4||Nr. 4 Tebe poem||3:16|
|5||Nr. 5 Dostojno est'||2:45|
|6||Nr. 6 Otce na||3:26|
|7||Nr. 7 Blazenni jaze izbral||3:30|
|8||Nr. 8 Da ispravitsja||8:14|
|9||Nr. 9 Nyne sily nebesnyja||4:42|
|14||Der Engel rief||3:18|