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Musica Sacra
De Maria Virgine
Moscow State Academic Choir
Conductor: Andrej Koshewnikow

An a-cappella-concert with russian-orthodox
and european sacred music

with works by
Mikhail I. Glinka ~ Alexander T. Gretchaninov ~ Stepan A. Degtjarjow
Nikolai S. Golovanov ~ Sergei V. Rachmaninoff ~ Alexander A.Arkhangelsky
Dmitry S. Bortniansky ~ Modest P. Mussorgsky
Antonio Lotti ~ Giuseppe Verdi ~ Anton Bruckner ~ R. Camagno
Gottfried A. Homilius ~ George F. Handel ~ Johann S. Bach ~ Dietrich Buxtehude

A concert recording from the church of the
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery.

Released & created by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler
in cooperation with Jürgen Budday.
Sound & Recording Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger.
Mastering: Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler.
Photography: Josef-Stefan Kindler .
Artwork & Coverdesign: Josef-Stefan Kindler.

CD Audio, Duration: c. 77 minutes, DDD
KuK 23, ISBN 978-3-930643-23-3, EAN 42 6000591 039 1
Copyright by K&K Verlagsanstalt anno 2010

The Moscow State Academic Choir is one of the oldest and most famous of Russian choruses. The choir was founded in 1956 by the venerated conductor Vladislav Sokolov, a winner of the Glinka State Prize of the Russian Federation, and a People's Artist of the USSR. Already in 1957, the chorus took first prize at the 6th World Youth and Students Festival in Russia, and has maintained a high profile ever since. The chorus has toured regularly not only in Russia, but also in Western Europe and Asia. A great number of choral works by Russian composers were given their debut by the Moscow State Academic Choir, including Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible and Kabalevsky's Requiem. Within its broad repertory is a large number of Russian spiritual and patriotic works, the great choral scenes from various Russian operas, and choral versions of Russian and other folk melodies.

Moscow State Academic Choir - Concert in Maulbronn Monastery

In 1988, the baton of the Moscow State Choir was passed to Andrey Kozhevnikov, who had been Sokolov's assistant since 1970. Kozhevnikov, a People's Artist of the Russian Federation, and winner of several international competitions, was trained at the Moscow State Choir School and then at the Moscow Conservatory - studying with S.Kazansky and A.Sveshnikov. Under Kozhevnikov's leadership, the Moscow State Choir has resurrected a number of early Russian works, including Degtyarev's patriotic oratorio, Minin and Pozharsky - the first such Russian work, written on the eve of the Patriotic War of 1812; it is among the works featured here at the Classical Archives.

Selected Reviews:
"The Moscow State Choir under Andrey Kozhevnikov opens its audience to a little-known layer of musical culture of the 17th-18th centuries. I give them my highest recommendations - such concerts help one to live." (Moscow News)
"It was during a tour of the Moscow State Choir that we truly learned how Russians can sing; their singing is dynamic, free, and magnificent...One loudly cries out, 'Da capo!'" (Linkoping, Sweden)
"The wonderful melodic beauty of Byzantine chant was heard in the church. It penetrated right into the soul. How magnificent was the skill of the [Moscow State Choir] singers! The concert was unforgettable, we shall remember it forever with gratitude." (Gnossi, Greece)

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Creations & Tracklist

Russian-orthodox Choirmusic:

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka:
1. Cherubim Song / Lied der Cherube

Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov:
2. Tüchtig flehen wir die Gottesmutter an

Stepan Anikiewitsch Degtjarjow:
3. Orthodox Trinity
Dreieinigkeitskonzert: Du bist glorreich

Nikolai Semyonovich Golovanov:
4. Kommt lasst uns den Josef selig preisen

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff:
5. Lob der Mutter Gottes
(Der letzte Teil des Abendgottesdienstes)

Alexander Andreyevich Arkhangelsky:
6. O Gott, erhöre mein Gebet

Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky:
7. Wir loben Dich, o Gott (Te Deum)

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky:
8. Der Engel sprach zu Maria:
Freu dich Jungfrau, dein Sohn ist auferstanden

9. Russian Carol

International Choirmusic:

Antonio Lotti:
10. Crucifixus

Giuseppe Verdi:
11. Laudi alla Vergine Maria

Anton Bruckner:
12. Ave Maria

R. Camagno:
13. Psalm 114

Gottfried August Homilius:
14. Deo dicamus gratias

George Frideric Handel:
15. Dignare

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Jesu, meine Freude
Motet No. 3 in E Minor BWV 227
16. - I. Jesu meine Freude
17. - II. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen, die in Christo Jesu sind
18. - XI. Weicht Ihr Trauergeister

Dietrich Buxtehude:
19. Cantate Domino

Publishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording for posterity outstanding performances and concerts. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.

The concerts in the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery, supply the ideal conditions for our aspirations. It is, above all, the atmosphere of the romantic, candle-lit arches, the magic of the monastery in its unadulterated sublime presence and tranquillity that impresses itself upon the performers and audience of these concerts. Renowned soloists and ensembles from the international arena repeatedly welcome the opportunity to appear here - enjoying the unparalleled acoustic and architectural beauty of this World Heritage Site, providing exquisite performances of secular and sacred music, documented by us in our Maulbronn Monastery Edition.

Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler
K&K Verlagsanstalt