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Basso Profondo From Old Russia Import

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1. Verily, He is worthy
2. We bow down before Your Cross
3. Standing by the Cross
4. We Hymn Thee
5. Blessed is the man, Op. 37/2
6. Do not cast me off in the time of old age (Ne otverzhi mene vo vremya starosti), for chorus, Op. 40/5
7. Liturgia Domestica for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 79: The litany of supplication
8. Anathema
9. Many Years
10. Work(s)
11. Lord of my days
12. God save the Tsar
13. Great and Glorious Is the God of Zion (Kol' slaven nash)
14. The Twelve Brigands (Dvenadsat' razboynikov)
15. Oleg the wise
16. Eternal memory

Product Details

  • Composer: Russian Traditional, P. Goncharov, Alexei Fydorovich Lvov, Pavel Chesnokov, Alexander Grechaninov, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Russian Season Fr.
  • ASIN: B00000JQGJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By 127 on September 18, 2000
These voices have to be heard to be believed. Not only do they possess the lowest notes of any choral singer, but the soloists have such full voices that the effect is immediately striking. I've heard recordings in which basses reach low C's and Bb's, but the pitches can barely be heard above a whisper. These men have full command of those lowest notes. I would love to hear this group perform live in a cathedral setting.
The quality of the recording is excellent and there is rather a variety of literature represented, as well. The music includes anonymous ancient liturgical chant, popular folk songs, and music by well known Russian choral composers (such as Tchesnokov and Gretchaninov). The notes are excellent and well researched. We learn, for instance, that God Save the Tsar, which figures prominently in the famous 1812 Overture, actually wasn't written until 1833. As the writer says, musical expression takes precedence of historical accuracy at times.
This CD is of very high quality in a number of ways, but 65 minutes of it does get a little long. This CD is for anyone interested in choral music, but limited doses might be the way to enjoy it best.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Romeo's mom on December 7, 1999
Basso Profondos (oktavists) are unique to Russian singing. Their vocal range is at least one octave below the normal bass range (think Paul Robeson or Tennessee Ernie Ford). This is a magnificent work and I highly recommend it to any classical music lover for the sheer pleasure of hearing such wondrous music. I have never heard anything like it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2003
I have done a good bit of research on basso profundo's, contrabasses, etc and these guys seem to be lower than any I've heard. The soloist on "Do Not Reject Me In My Old Age" has a full voiced G1, below low bass C which he hits a number of times on the CD. Very amazing recording... good musically, not the VERY best choir I've ever heard or anything, but definetly good. Russian music is great, many of the tracks are very dark musically, but there are some more majestic tracks, and a few tracks that sound kinda militaristic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2002
The music on this CD won't be to everyone's liking, but the unique sound of the voice of a "basso profundo" or "octavist"
is a musical rarity that shouldn't be missed. These basses have a gripping effect, with a timbre resembling that of an organ's pedal tones. These basses can sing the low A below the bass range. They are, simply, extraordinarily powerful voices. Savor the unearthly sound of them. Who knows - you might just get to like Russian polyphonic liturgical chant, as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on August 25, 2007
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Have you ever bought folk or choral music from another country & were disappointed with either the recording or non-professional singing? Not so with this near masterpiece. "The Orthodox Singers" male choir from Moscow was formed in 1992 with 14 singers from several churches in Moscow. Several of the choir sing near an octave below the normal bass line & are called "Oktavists". Most of the songs in this recording are sacred with a few popular songs added in for good taste. A few times a solo Oktavist sings in the orthodox deacon style, chanting a sermon or reading while the choir sings the melody. The balance of the songs are done within a standard choral arrangement with several Oktavists singing the lowest note of the chord. I want to rate this CD with a "5" but sometimes the chanting Oktavists lack that extra "Awe" which should cause the fear of God in you. I have "Electrostatic" speakers & was surprised to hear the Oktavists in the panels, which mean the basses sing above 250Hz.

A good buy if you want to hear something different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Lorah on February 18, 2008
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An incredible disc - magnificently recorded - including mainly sacred music from mesmerizing chant to soaring anthem but also a taste of patriotic and popular tunes. The amazing impact of the Russian "Oktavists" has to be heard to be believed. The sound of performers, singing an octave below the normal bass range with clarity and beautiful resonance, has been compared to the 16 foot pedal registration on a magnificent pipe organ. I am a musicologist and conduct classes from time to time on musical appreciation. I have lost count of the number of students who have ask me to get them a copy of this disc after experiencing it during my presentations. If you have never heard the Russian Basso Profondos you are in for a not to be forgotten experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 3, 2015
Berlioz was in ecstasies when he heard the choirs of St Petersburg - one of the few venues where he was lionised and his genius acknowledged - sing a low A beneath the conventional low C of choir basses. There is also a famous anecdote in Rachmaninov's own words concerning his first playing through the "All-Night Vigil" to Danilin, the conductor of its first performance. When Rachmaninov came to play the "Nunc Dimittis", which concludes on a low B flat, "Danilin shook his head, saying, "Now where on earth are we to find such basses? They are as rare as asparagus at Christmas!" Nevertheless, he did find them. I knew the voices of my countrymen." Yet the basses here are able to make musical and aesthetic sense when intoning, without groaning and with overtones, a resonant G below low C to form the bedrock of the harmonies, a tone lower than what Berlioz heard and a tone and a half lower than the challenge posed by Rachmaninov.

Any devotee of the human voice will find a great deal of interest and enjoyment in this disc, which is now widely known as the best of its type. It features some voices famous in their field such as the "Oktavist" basso profondo Yuri Wichniakov and just as it is thrilling and fascinating to hear Mado Robin hit a B flat above the normal soprano top C without sounding like a freak show, so these extraordinarily deep voices make a profound (if you will excuse the weak pun) impression on the listener. Having said that, I do find bass Boris Tchepikov to be at times rather rough, blaring and even a tad unsteady of tone - hardly the smooth "operatic" bass we are used to.

They are "The Orthodox Singers". a relatively small group - of fourteen or so?
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