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   For centuries treasures of sacred music of vast and varied styles have been created in Russia: from ascetic one part tunes to splendid polyphony.  The compositions on this CD demonstrate very interesting and different trends in music for choir a capella during the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
   The art of renowned Russian singer Irina Arkhipova, with her operatic arias and varied chamber programs, is admired throughout the world.  Her voice is full of warmth, lyricism and lofty poetry; it appeals to eternal moral truth.

Russian Sacred Music
for choir a cappella

        S. Rachmaninov
1. Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Op. 31 No. 2 - 6:28
        G. Izvekov
2. Assuage diseases - 5:02
        P. Chesnokov
3. Let My Prayer Be Set Forth Before Thee - 7:43
4. O Fervent Intercessor, Most Holy Queen, Op. 43 No. 6 - 4:23
5. The Eternal Council, Op. 40 No. 2 - 3:28
        A. Arkhangelsky
6. Praise Ye the Name of the Lord - 5:23
        G. Davidovsky
7. Lord Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart - 2:13
        S. Rachmaninov
8. Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Op. 37 No. 2 - 5:23
        D. Bortnyansky
9. Concerto for choir XXXII "Lord, Make Me to Know Mine End" - 12:57

             Total time - 53:03

Irina Arkhipova, mezzo-soprano
Sergei Babeshko, baritone
The USSR Chamber Choir
Conductor, Valeri Polyansky

Cover Art by Henri Matisse