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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Secular Choruses (Moscow Academy of Choral Singing, Popov)

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Secular Choruses (Moscow Academy of Choral Singing, Popov)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Victor Popov

Conductor

Moscow Academy of Choral Singing

Choir

Vera Trifonova

Soloist

Tamara Kravtchenko

Soloist

Natalia Savelieva

Soloist

Moscow Academy of Choral Singing

Choral

Record Label
Brilliant Classics

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 53:09
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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Secular Choruses (Moscow Academy of Choral Singing, Popov)

     
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PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

     
1 

Vecher (Evening)

02:37
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
 

16 Songs for Children, Op. 54 (text by A.N. Pleshcheyev and K. Aksakov)

 
2 No. 14. Osen' (Autumn) 03:39
3 No. 16. Detskaya pesenka (Children's Song) 01:53
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
4 

Blazhen, kto ulibayetsya (Blessed Is He Who Smiles)

02:08
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
5 

Why Does the Sound of the Revels Grow Silent?

02:07
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
6 

Bez pori, da bez vremeni (Without Time, Without Season)

02:26
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
7 

Album for the Young, Op. 39: No. 16. Melodie antique francaise (arr. for choir)

02:25
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
8 

6 Duets in Op. 46 (arr. for choir) (text by I. Surikov)

03:42
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
 Tamara Kravtchenko Soloist
     
9 

Priroda i lyubov' (Nature and Love)

05:50
 Vera Trifonova Soloist
 Natalia Savelieva Soloist
     
10 

Na son gryadushchiy (At Bedtime) (1st version for unaccompanied choir)

04:00
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
11 

Nochevala tuchka zolotaya (The Golden Cloud has Slept)

02:13
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
12 

A greeting to Anton Rubinstein

02:40
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
13 

Solovushka (The Nightingale)

03:40
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
14 

Ne kukushechka vo sirom boru ('Tis not the Cuckoo in the Damp Pinewoo)

02:30
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
15 

12 Romances, Op. 60: No. 9. Noch' (Night)

04:10
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
 Tamara Kravtchenko Soloist
     
16 

Hymn in honour of SS Cyril and Methodius

02:27
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
17 

16 Songs for Children, Op. 54 (text by A.N. Pleshcheyev)

02:31
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
18 

Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III: In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: Neapolitan Dance (arr. Klimov)

02:11
 Moscow Academy of Choral Singing Choir
     
 Victor Popov Conductor


In the field of choral music Tchaikovsky is known as the first Russian composer to have composed cycles of the Liturgy and the Vespers, but his considerable output of secular choral music is less well-known, and a delightful surprise. These secular choruses are little jewels, written for various types of choir, with all the familiar qualities of melody and rich harmony that we associate with Tchaikovsky. Some, including Autumn, Child’s Song and A Legend (from 16 Children’s Songs Op.54), and the pastoral Dawn were written for solo voice or duet, and Night, a vocal quartet with piano, but Tchaikovsky soon realised that they sounded better as choruses. Autumn and Child’s Song both have a tenor solo, and contrast well with each other: a misty autumnal poem of lethargic melancholy and a comical, playful little ditty. Another highlight is the melancholy Old French Air, with its timeless charm, which also appears as a minstrel’s song in Tchaikovsky’s opera The Maid of Orléans. Other works of note include the radiant Nature and Love, a sentimental trio for soprano, mezzo and contralto, three-part female chorus and piano, and the meditative nocturne Before Sleep, composed in his student years. Greeting to Anton Rubinstein is an extraordinary seven part piece written for the 50th anniversary of Rubinstein’s career.

The Nightingale is without a doubt Tchaikovsky’s finest achievement in choral music, a magnificent reconstruction of a folk song. The vocal quartet Night is a tribute to Mozart, who Tchaikovsky idolised, and is an arrangement of the middle section of Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor for piano. The finale, Neapolitan Air, is a little choral divertissement whose tune was derived from Swan Lake.

 

About the performers:

The Moscow Academy of Choral Singing, directed by Victor Popov, specialises in performing Russian choral music. 

 
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