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Masterpieces Of Ukranian Baroque Choral Music

by Chamber Choir KIEV

Get a free song before you buy. In its concert at Carnegie Hall, they offered evidence that the revival of Ukrainian music has been proceeding apace. The choir has specialized in liturgical works, including interpretation of ancient manuscripts.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. O Thou the Only Begotten Son, Let Us Worship (n.diletsky)
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2:22 $0.99
2. Concerto For Two Choirs Come Into the Charch (n.diletsky)
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5:34 $0.99
3. Concerto For Choir Do Not Forsake Me (m.berezovsky)
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10:15 $1.50
4. The Blessed I've Already Chosen (m.berezovsky)
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3:48 $0.99
5. O Holy God (m.berezovsky)
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3:25 FREE
6. Concerto For Choir #35 (d.bortnysky)
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7:37 $0.99
7. It Is Meet (d.bortnysky)
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2:35 $0.99
8. O Lord, Hear My Prayer (d.bortnysky)
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5:21 $0.99
9. Concerto For Choir 'œi've Cried to the Lord (a.vedel)
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7:28 $0.99
10. Let Us Our Mouth Be Filled With Thy Praise (a.vedel)
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2:41 $0.99
11. Concerto For Choir 'œo Lord, Thou Are My Only Hope (a.vedel)
Chamber Choir "KIEV"
7:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
"In its concert of sacred music on Sunday evening at Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Choir Kiev offered evidence that the revival of Ukrainian music has been proceeding apace. The choir has specialized in liturgical works, including the study and interpretation of ancient manuscripts written in long-forgotten regional forms of musical notation.
Hobdych drew from it a disciplined, well-blended sound that was appealingly varied in colour and flexible when the music demanded broad dynamics".
The New York Times

"The chamber choir Kiev has only 20 singers, but what singers they are - big, marvelously focused voices, the kind that might easily hold their own on the opera stage but without the kind of operatic vibrato that can make an ensemble rattle". wrote Washington Post reviewer Joan Reinthaler following their performance at the George Mason Arts Center. "They can sing wonderfully clean unisons and the basses have low E's to die for," she added

This CD represents 11 a capella christian praise and worship music of so-called Baroque-period wich is the highest achievement of Ukrainian musical heritage, reflecting revival of creative forces of the Ukrainian people at the latter half of the 17th and early 18th century. It was an age of sweeping changes in entire system of musical thought, a revamping of creative principles and a renewal of forms and genres, when sonorous polyphony began to sound next to monophonic hymnody.

The Chamber Choir Kiev starts with choral Ecclesiastical Hymns of their fellow-townsman Nikolai Diletsky, who lived more then 300 years ago. Creative work of this composer, the classic of choral polyphony, is recently opened and yet a little known for the wide audience. To him belongs the first written work about problems of the musical theory, aesthetics and composition; he is the author of Liturgy and several choral concertos. In N.Diletsky praise and worship music were embodied the major attributes of European baroque style with synthesis of power national traditions. To his compositions are typical clearness, balance between thin polyphonic ways and clear chord structure.

Quadrophonic Liturgy, fragments from which are performed by Kiev chamber choir concerns to early forms of choral polyphony. The concerto for two choirs "Came into the Church " is colorful, contrast composition intended for holiday solemn festive services.

Maxim Berezovsky /1745-1777/ was an unusual phenomenon who influenced on the development of musical art not only in the Ukraine. It was him who opened Ukrainian music to Europe. He was born in the small Ukrainian town Glukhovo where he gained his early musical education at the famous Tsar's Music Cappella School. Later he went to Italy to study in Bologna and on 15th of May of 1771 he became the academician of Bologna Academy of Philarmonics. Maxim Beresovsky was known as author of the first national opera and many traditional sonata-symphonic works though the main genre of his creativity was a cappella Christian praise and worship music. His concerto "Do Not Forsake Me" takes a special place in his creativity. The concerto has a deep philosophic sense and filled with dramatism. It is a confession of haggard composer's soul who very soon was tragically lost at age of 32 years.

Dimitry Stepanovich Bortnyansky /1751-1825/ was, in his day, the most famous composer in the Russian Empire and was named the "Russian Mozart"- ironic as he was born in Glukhovo of Ukraine. He also studied in Italy where he composed several operas now lost. He made a great contribution to development of Ukrainian and Russian praise and worship music. He based his music on national traditions and European musical technique, connecting the features of the late baroque style his attributes of the early classicism.

Artemy Vedel /1767-1806/ - was peculiar and colorful figure in music of 18th century. He, as anybody of his time, was closely connected to Ukrainian environment. His music is full with intonations of sacred Chants and Psalms. We may say that he "speaks" by Ukrainian musical language. But the main is that his concerts reflect the sacred world of his time. Most of his praise and worship music are lost, however those that remain have become highly popular and have great success.

The Chamber Choir Kiev was founded in December of 1990. Choir members include professional singers, graduates of conservatories and musical institutes throughout Ukraine.
The Choir's national and international repertoire includes medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic praise and worship music.



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They've done it again. Another stunningly gorgeous a cappella album of choral music to melt hearts of glacial ice. Focusing on the sacred music of the Ukrainian choral Baroque era, featuring the composers Berezovsky, Vedel, Diletsky, and Bortnysky, this is a truly angelic, otherworldly collection that, without a doubt, belongs in any classical music lover's collection.


Once Your Ears Listen To This Recording, You'll Understand Why You Bought This 'GEM'... If The Heavens Had A Choir, These Individuals Would Be At The Top Of The List... Angelic, Harmonious & So Pleasing To The Senses That You Seem To Drift On A Cloud... A TERRIFIC CD That Is Very Well Done & Deserves Everyones Attention... A+++++

Beautiful blending of voices
Deserving of all their rave reviews the Chamber Choir KIEV is a masterful group of singers lead by a wonderful conductor.

Janice Decker

Healing and Magical
Why travel? This CD is so inspirational, the selections so soothing, it's almost medicinal these magical sounds of far-off lands and times long past. Positively ethereal!

Tamara Turner, CDBABY Reviewer

My taste buds are fairly refined and this album is most definitely gourmet!!
As I'm approving all ya'll's reviews that you write for various other albums and answering your lovely emails, THIS it my new album of choice to ease me into the day. As an extensively trained Classical musician and composer, and a published choral composer, my taste buds are fairly refined and this album is most definitely gourmet!! Dig in for an emotional, passionate and utterly breathtaking experience.