KYIV CHAMBER CHOIR:
Russian Sacred music of the 19th and 20th century
This stunning CD of Russian religious music of 19th and 20th century is truly an example of why a cappella choral religious music are still being performed all over the world.
This is the first Kiev Chamber Choir CD and one of the first religious music CD released in Ukraine after breakdownof the USSR. Earlier it was impossibly to sing and record religious music in the communist and atheistic Soviet Union and unusual rendition of Sergey Rachmaninoff vesper "To Thee We Sing" (track #3) will remind us about those times. Kiev Chamber Choir sings this vesper without words. Yes, it was impossible to sing religious music in the communist Soviet Union, but it was possible to perform music by great Rachmaninoff, ONLY without religious words. It was the times and thanks God they passed.
"The Kyiv chamber choir has only 20 singers, but what singers they are - big, marvelously focused voices, the kind that might easily hold their own on the opera stage but without the kind of operatic vibrato that can make an ensemble rattle, wrote Washington Post reviewer Joan Reinthaler following their performance at the George Mason Arts Center. "They can sing wonderfully clean unisons and the basses have low E's to die for," she added.
The Municipal Kyiv Chamber Choir was founded in December of 1990. Choir members include professional singers, graduates of conservatories and musical institutes throughout Ukraine. The choir repertoire includes medieval, renaissance, baroque, praise and worship songs; classical, romantic and modern music.