An Orthodox Christmas Celebration

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Many New Yorkers in the Orthodox Christian tradition haven’t actually celebrated their Christmas yet. On this edition of The Mix we celebrate music from the Orthodox Christmas tradition.

Today, we hear the sonorous, fully-textured sounds of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff; from the dream-like compositions of the Finnish composer Einojuhari Rautavaara to the crystal clarity of John Tavener’s music.

Right here in New York City, the Russian Chamber Chorus, led by Nikolai Kachanov, has been around since 1985. They have become America’s preeminent Russian vocal ensemble recording a number of great albums demonstrating their versatility. They are committed to preserving and exploring Russian music. We play movements from their acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky’s Vespers, which was recorded in November of 1996 at the Church of the Good Shepherd right here in NYC.

Contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhari Rautavaara takes a holistic approach to composing choral music. His choral works reflect a broadminded approach to composition drawing heavily from the Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran traditions. We play his lush setting of the Magnificat sung by the Finnish Radio Choir under the direction of Timo Nuoranne.

Others on the program are Gretchaninov's We praise the mother of God with Andrej Koshewnikow leading the Moscow State Academic Choir, Moscow State Choir and Musica Sacra, alongside Bortniansky’s Te Deum, We praise thee o God and Bogoroditse Devo, Rejoice O Ye Virgin from Rachmaninov’s Vespers sung by the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Playlist:

Russian Chamber Chorus-- Tchaikovsky (TBD)

 

Rautavaara/ Choral Works/Finnish Radio Choir/Timo Nuoranne

Magnificat

 

Gretchaninov / Musica Sacra-De Maria Virgine/Moscow State Academic Choir, Moscow State Choir, Musica Sacra, Andrej Koshewnikow

We praise the mother of God

 

Bortniansky/ Musica Sacra-De Maria Virgine/Moscow State Academic Choir, Moscow State Choir, Musica Sacra, Andrej Koshewnikow

Te Deum

 

Rachmaninov/All Night Vigil/Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle

Bogoroditse Devo

 

Tavener/Ikon of Light/The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

The Lamb

Hymn to the Mother of God

Today The Virgin