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Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava

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Tchaikovsky's sacred music is not often performed, although he was religious (even if in a somewhat blurry way) and was willing to let himself in for a hassle by writing the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, in 1878: it was promptly banned by the Russian Orthodox Church, which considered it too modern. Indeed, Tchaikovsky wrote a textbook on church music composition and seems to have contemplated a kind of reform of church music. That went nowhere, but this gorgeous setting of an Orthodox liturgy was performed quite often during its own time in non-liturgical settings. The abridged version here is quite effective. Sample "Dostoyno yest" ("Hymn to the Mother of God") for an idea of what he was thinking: the work keeps the opening chants and much of the traditional sound, but Tchaikovsky introduces Western harmonies with the intent of a quietly lyrical effect. Big Russian choirs have recorded the work, but the lighter sounds of the 24-voice Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava seem ideal here, probably resembling the Moscow art societies that first performed the music, and more likely in keeping with the spirit in which Tchaikovsky composed it. Also included are nine a cappella sacred pieces that really let the Latvian Radio Choir show what it can do: this group has a precision and grace that are hardly matched anywhere in the world these days. The choir may be better suited to Tchaikovsky than to Rachmaninov, whom it has also recorded, but check them out, whatever it takes. Ondine's sound engineering, at St. John's church in Riga, is absolutely exemplary. An exceptional choral release.
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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41 (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

1
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 2, Glory Be to the Father
00:03:04

Kārlis Rūtentāls, Tenor - Gundars Dziļums, Bass - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

2
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 3, Come, Let Us Worship
00:03:43

Gundars Dziļums, Bass - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

3
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 6, Cherubic Hymn
00:06:02

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

4
TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 8, The Creed
00:04:48

Gundars Dziļums, Bass - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

5
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 9, A Mercy of Peace
00:04:24

Gundars Dziļums, Bass - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Tenor - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

6
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 10, We Hymn to Thee
00:02:41

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

7
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 11, It Is Truly Fitting
00:03:26

Kārlis Rūtentāls, Tenor - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

8
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 13, Our Father
00:03:25

Kārlis Rūtentāls, Tenor - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

9
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 14, Praise the Lord
00:02:31

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

10
TH 75 (Concert Version) : No. 15, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
00:03:20

Kārlis Rūtentāls, Tenor - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

Nine Sacred Choruses (1884–85) (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

11
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 1, Cherubic Hymn No. 1 in F Major
00:06:05

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

12
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 2, Cherubic Hymn No. 2 in D Major
00:05:50

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

13
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 3, Cherubic Hymn No. 3 in C Major
00:06:01

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

14
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 4, We Hymn Thee
00:03:19

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

15
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 5, It Is Truly Fitting
00:03:03

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

16
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 6, Our Father
00:03:16

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

17
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 7, Blessed Are They Whom Thou Hast Chosen
00:03:23

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

18
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 8, Let My Prayer Ascend
00:03:56

Agnese Urka, Soprano (Solo) - Agate Burkina, Soprano - Dace Strautmane, Alto - Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

19
9 Sacred Pieces, TH 78 : No. 9, Now the Heavenly Powers
00:04:43

Latvian Radio Choir - Sigvards Kļava, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

© 2019 Ondine ℗ 2019 SLLC Latvijas Koncerti, Riga

Album Description

Tchaikovsky's sacred music is not often performed, although he was religious (even if in a somewhat blurry way) and was willing to let himself in for a hassle by writing the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, in 1878: it was promptly banned by the Russian Orthodox Church, which considered it too modern. Indeed, Tchaikovsky wrote a textbook on church music composition and seems to have contemplated a kind of reform of church music. That went nowhere, but this gorgeous setting of an Orthodox liturgy was performed quite often during its own time in non-liturgical settings. The abridged version here is quite effective. Sample "Dostoyno yest" ("Hymn to the Mother of God") for an idea of what he was thinking: the work keeps the opening chants and much of the traditional sound, but Tchaikovsky introduces Western harmonies with the intent of a quietly lyrical effect. Big Russian choirs have recorded the work, but the lighter sounds of the 24-voice Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava seem ideal here, probably resembling the Moscow art societies that first performed the music, and more likely in keeping with the spirit in which Tchaikovsky composed it. Also included are nine a cappella sacred pieces that really let the Latvian Radio Choir show what it can do: this group has a precision and grace that are hardly matched anywhere in the world these days. The choir may be better suited to Tchaikovsky than to Rachmaninov, whom it has also recorded, but check them out, whatever it takes. Ondine's sound engineering, at St. John's church in Riga, is absolutely exemplary. An exceptional choral release.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recording : 8, 10, 11, 14 January, 2019, St. John’s Church (Sv. Jāņa baznīca), Riga, Latvia

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