Magazine article Gramophone

Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers

Magazine article Gramophone

Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers

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Hymns and Prayers

Ivanna Bondaruksop Yuliya Zuveya mez

Roman Podlubnyak, Roman Pachashynsky tens

Nazar Yakobenchuk bar Tarasiy Mudrak bass

Credo Chamber Choir / Bogdan Plish

Toccata Classics (F) TOCC0123 (79' * DDD)

Sviridov's work has slowly been making its presence felt in the West. Choral works turn up in anthologies with some regularity now, and his song-cycle Russia Cast Adrift has been recorded, unforgettably, by Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Philips, 8/96--nla). Toccata has done the world a great service in recording the composer's tremendous cycle Hymns and Prayers, compiled over the course of many years and finished only shortly before his death in 1998. It is not, as Stuart Campbell's excellent booklet-notes point out, a cycle intended for liturgical performance; Sviridov takes liberties with the texts, cutting here, adding or changing a word there. Even more importantly, the music is simply not consistendy liturgical in ambience. Even though the composer may have seen himself, quite justifiably, in the line of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, something very audible in his work, his approach to text-setting is personal and dramatic. …

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