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'Russian Treasures'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Russian Treasures'

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'Russian Treasures'

Chesnokov Svete tihiy. We hymn thee. Heruvimskaya pesn Golovanov Heruvimskaya pesn. Slava ottsu. Otche nash. Op 9 No 3 Grechaninov Now the powers of Heaven, Op 58 No 6 V Kalinnikov Svete tihiy Kedrov Otche nash Rachmaninov Nunc dimittis. Heruvimskaya pesn. We hymn thee. Bogoroditse devo. Otche nash. Vespers, Op 37--Prudite, poklonimsia; Blazhen muzh. Vzbrannoy Voyevode Tchaikovsky The Crown of Roses Tenebrae / Nigel Short

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Like buses, CD releases often come in batches. No sooner had the sound of Conspirare's low basses stopped reverberating after their outstanding 'The Sacred Spirit of Russia' (Harmonia Mundi, 3/14) than Tenebrae's have set the choral foundation trembling with their latest disc--'Russian Treasures', treading the same Russian Orthodox choral ground.

Their 2006 recording of Rachmaninov's Vespers (9/05) established Tenebrae as the go-to British choir for this repertoire, and 'Russian Treasures' only reinforces that position. Favourites from Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and All-Night Vigil are balanced by less familiar treasures from Golovanov, Chesnokov and--most deft of emotional string-pullers--Grechaninov, whose constant 'hunt for prettiness' here finds its quarry every time. …

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