The piece consists of fifteen chants. Ten are
based on the znamenny chant,
The piece consists of fifteen chants. Ten are based on the znamenny chant,and five (No.1,3,6,10,11) on Rachmaninovís own themes. Throughout the work the composer never deviates from the stylistics of old Russian singing tradition, accentuating the parts linked with folklore. Lyricism, epos, drama, elements of philosophical meditation, and vivid imagery are closely interwoven in this cycle.
The USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir directed by Valery Polyansky is an experienced, mature ensemble. Founded as a studentís ensemble at the Moscow Conservatory in 1971, the Chamber Choir acquired high professional skill, fame and authority. In 1975 the Choir won First Prize at the Polyphonic Choir Competition in Arezzo (Italy) and conductor V. Polyansky was voted the best conductor of the competition and was highly praised by the public and critics.
Total time Ė 66:32
Irina Arkhipova, mezzo-soprano (2)