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The Sacred Spirit of Russia

2014 GRAMMY® WINNER Best Choral Performance

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Recorded February 2013 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

Led by Craig Hella Johnson and featuring the distinctive American basso profundo Glenn Miller, Conspirare offers a fervently sung and eclectic collection of choral music such as might be heard in the splendor of a Christmas liturgy from a Russian Cathedral. – from Harmonia Mundi package notes

“From the outset Conspirare sing with thrilling weight and accuracy; also, the acoustic of this Texas church provides a near-ideal performing space for the feast of antiphons, hymns and prayers that follows… The sense of occasion – so important in this music – is palpable, and the solidity and blend of these singers is just remarkable… Conspirare breathe new life into this repertoire; a joy from start to finish.” — Dan Morgan, musicweb-international.com

“Conspirare takes to the material as if its members were, collectively, Old Believers. The flawless sense of ensemble that is its calling card pays particularly rich dividends in this repertoire… Once you’ve transited this music with Conspirare, you’ve not been merely entertained; you’ve been somewhere.” — Tim Pfapp, The Bay Area Reporter

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FROM THE MATINS SERVICE

  1. The Great Doxology No. 2 (Op. 57) – Alexander Kastalsky, 1856-1926

FROM THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

  1. Bless the Lord, O My Soul, (Liturgy, Op. 37, No. 2) – Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, 1859-1935
  2. Glory… / Only Begotten Son, (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 2) – Alexander Gretchaninov, 1864-1956
  3. The Beatitudes – Vladimir Martynov, b. 1946
  4. Come, Let Us Worship (Op. 8, No. 2) – Pavel Tchesnokov, 1877-1944
  5. Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, No. 4) – Georgi Sviridov, 1915-1998
  6. Today the Virgin (Op. 7b, Znamenny Chant) – Alexander Kastalsky
  7. As Many Have Been Baptized (Op. 18c, Znamenny Chant) – Alexander Kastalsky

FROM THE LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL

  1. Cherubic Hymn (Op. 7, No. 1) – Pavel Tchesnokov
  2. The Creed (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 8) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  3. A Mercy of Peace (Znamenny Chant, Op. 6) – Alexander Kastalsky
  4. Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity, Znamenny Chant
  5. Our Father (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 11) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  6. Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42, No. 9) – Pavel Tchesnokov

SACRED CONCERTOS

  1. A Wondrous Birth (A Wondrous Birth, No. 7) – Georgi Sviridov
  2. We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ) – Andrei Ilyashenko, 1884-1954
  3. Now the Powers of Heaven (Passion Week, Op. 58, No. 6) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  4. Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age (Op. 40, No. 5) – Pavel Tchesnokov

CLOSING OF THE LITURGY

  1. Let Our Mouths Be Filled (Liturgy, Op. 31, No. 18) – Sergei Rachmaninov, 1873-1943
  2. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord (Liturgy, Op. 31, No. 19) – Sergei Rachmaninov
  3. Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years (Liturgy, Op. 79) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  1. Our Father – Nikolai Kedrov, Sr., 1871-1940