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     A pianist of genius, a composer, and a conductor - Sergei Rachmaninov was related in all essences to Russian culture.  Only a few bars of his music are enough for the listener to trace back its pedigree. "I am a Russian composer.  My motherland deeply influences my character and my opinions." he wrote. "My music takes its source from my character.  That’s why it is Russian music…"
     "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" was created in the summer of 1910. By that time, Rachmaninov had already composed three piano concerts, three operas and two symphonies.  "Liturgy" was created as a monumental, integrate and autonomous concert work meant for a first-class professional performance.  The opus is not the Orthodox Liturgy itself, but its generalized music-and-poetic image.
     "Liturgy" was performed for the first time on November 25th, 1910, by the Moscow Synodal Choir under the direction of the outstanding Russian choir master N. Daniin.  Next spring in St. Petersburg, the Mariinsky Theatre Choir rendered the "Liturgy" with the author directing the performance himself.

S. Rachmaninov
Liturgy of St. Chrysostom, Op. 31

  1. Bless the Lord, o My Soul – 4:00
  2. Glory to the Father and the Only-Begotten Son – 2:34
  3. In Thy Kingdom Remember Us, o Lord – 4:50
  4. Come, Let us Worship – 1:30
  5. Lord, Save the Faithful and the Trisagion – 3:46
  6. Augmented Liotany – 3:28
  7. Cherubical Hymn – 5: 08
  8. The Greed – 6: 04
  9. A Mercy of Peace – 3:46
  10. To Thee We Sing – 3:02
  11. It is Truly Meet – 2:16
  12. The Lord’s Prayer – 4:00
  13. Praise the Lord from the Heavens – 2:08
  14. Blessed is He and We Have Seen the True Light – 1:21
  15. May our Mouths be Filled with Thy Praise – 3:23
  16. Blessed be the Name of the Lord – 0:38
  17. Glory be to the Father – 0:48

Total time – 53:48

In Church Slavonic
Yu. Kutatin, bass(4,5,8,14)
S. Baikov, bass(6,16)
A. Karakuts, tenor (5,12)
N. Gerasimova, soprano(10)
The Moscow Chamber Choir
Conductor Vladimir Minin
Recorded at the Smolensk Cathedral of the Dormition in 1988