Georgy Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers

(3 customer reviews)

Catalogue No: TOCC0123
EAN/UPC: 5060113441232
Release Date: 2014-12-01
Composer: Georgy Sviridov
Artists: Bogdan Plish, Credo Chamber Choir, Ivanna Bondaruk, Nazar Yakobenchuk, Roman Pachashynsky, Tarasiy (Mudrak), Yuliya Zuveya

Gyorgy Sviridov (1915-98) saw himself as part of the thousand-year continuum of Russian culture, giving its resonance full expression in the monumental choral cycle Hymns and Prayers, written over a ten-year period from 1987 to 1997; he completed it only weeks before he died. Extraordinarily beautiful and profoundly moving, Hymns and Prayers is perhaps the most important Russian choral composition since the liturgies of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. At this time of tension between Russia and Ukraine, here a Ukrainian choir sings a Russian masterpiece.

Credo Chamber Choir, cond. Bogdan Plish; Ivanna Bondaruk, soprano; Yuliya Zuveya, mezzo soprano; Roman (Podlubnyak), celibate deacon, tenor; Roman Pachashynsky, tenor; Nazar Yakobenchuk, baritone; Tarasiy (Mudrak), archdeacon, bass;

Listen To This Recording:


  1. Introduction: O Lord, save the pious
  2. Introduction: Holy God
  3. From the Old Testament

  4. From the Old Testament: I. The Earth is the Lord’s
  5. From the Old Testament: II. Song of Purification
  6. From the Old Testament: III. The King of Glory
  7. The Nativity of Christ

  8. The Nativity of Christ: I. Nativity Song
  9. The Nativity of Christ: II. Having beheld a strange nativity
  10. The Nativity of Christ: III. It is meet
  11. The Nativity of Christ: IV. Come, let us worship
  12. The Nativity of Christ: V. Glory to the most Holy Trinity (fast)
  13. Christ’s Life on Earth

  14. Christ’s Life on Earth: I. Lord, stir up your strength
  15. Christ’s Life on Earth: Entreaty to the apostle St. John the Theologian
  16. Christ’s Life on Earth: III. The Last Supper
  17. Christ’s Life on Earth: IV. Judas’ Betrayal
  18. Christ’s Life on Earth: V. Glory and Alleluia
  19. Christ’s Life on Earth: VI. Inexpressible Wonder
  20. After the Resurrection

  21. After the Resurrection: I. Behold the bridgroom comes
  22. After the Resurrection: II. Have mercy on us, O Lord
  23. After the Resurrection: III. Prayer of the Blind Man
  24. After the Resurrection: IV. Glory (monastic)
  25. After the Resurrection: V. Repentance of the Prodigal Son
  26. After the Resurrection: VI. Glory (quiet)
  27. After the Resurrection: VII. Glorification of the Mother of God

3 reviews for Georgy Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers

  1. :

    quod visum placet

  2. :

    ‘When I say magical I mean it in the true sense of the word for I don’t know many other composers whose music can really make my spine tingle quite like his. … this is a style of music that can be and is enjoyed by believers and atheists alike (I speak as one such). While the word ‘otherworldly’ may be overused it seems to me to be totally appropriate in music like this that seems to float above like an almost alien presence but one that produces a sense of inner calm that purges all the cares of the world from the listener. Less is definitely more in that the absence of any instrumental accompaniment makes for a much stronger and more powerful effect. The frequent device of having the lowest voices open a passage and then having the highest come in or vice versa makes for incredibly powerful contrasts and when Sviridov has a single soprano voice rise above them all it is truly spell-binding. It is a measure of the quality of writing that even if after each piece one is tempted to think nothing can compare to what you’ve just heard the next piece will prove to be equally impactful. … even when the whole choir sings as an ensemble there is a special feel to it which marks out this tradition as being in considerable contrast to the choral singing we in Britain, for example, are more used to hearing. In addition for me there is more than a touch of melancholia about it which I find extremely attractive and I get the feeling that the voices are not just praising God but that there is a kind of shared experience embodied within the music that is immediately understood by the native listener. A particular favourite of mine is track 7 Having beheld a strange nativity which has some wonderfully evocative bass singing. Religious or not one can hardly fail to be moved by the combination of Sviridov’s extremely powerful music and the amazing sounds of this Ukrainian choir, from the crystalline clarity of its sopranos to the thrillingly sonorous timbres of its basses which make for an unforgettable experience. It comes as no surprise to learn that it has won several major choral singing competitions throughout Europe, all of which were thoroughly deserved. … This thrilling first recording is a real joy to experience. There is nothing more to be said; this music must be heard rather than read about!’

    —Steve Arloff, Music Web International

  3. :

    ‘Though here and there deploying harmonies suggesting mid-twentieth century music, Sviridov draws on centuries of tradition as skillfully and affectingly as did Rachmaninoff before him. ‘

    —David Shengold, Opera News

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