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A Russian Christmas

A Russian Christmas

Live from St Paul's Knightsbridge

Acclaimed Latvian conductor Kaspars Putnins directs the BBC Singers in Russian Orthodox music for the season of Advent and Christmas. The concert includes sacred works from the Tsarist courts of the 17th and 18th centuries, music composed - often in secret - during the Communist period, masterworks by the best-known 20th-century composer for the Russian Orthodox church - Sergei Rachmaninov -and two recent pieces by younger Russian composers who now live in the Baltic states.

During the interval, instrumental music by Georgy Sviridov, Pavel Chesnokov and other little-known composers of the Soviet period who chose to stay in the USSR, and work with the regime, in the turbulent years of the mid 20th century.

Dmitri Bortniansky: Glory to God in the Highest

Vasily Titov: O Virgin unwedded

Alexander Kastalsky: Today the Virgin; Thy nativity, O Christ our God

Galina Grigorjeva: Svjatki

Sergei Rachmaninov: The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer

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Alexander Gretchaninov: Glory to God in the Highest

Pavel Chesnokov: Eternal Counsel

Gyorgy Sviridov: Christmas Troparion; Glory and Alleluia

Andrejs Selickis: Three Chants

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rejoice O Virgin; My soul magnifies the Lord

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Kaspars Putnins (conductor).

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 12 Dec 2011 19:30

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