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Fire of the Soul: Choral Virtuosity in 17th-century Russia and Poland

The Rose Ensemble , Various , Jordan Sramek , The Rose Ensemble Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen11. Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (Rejoice, O Virgin Mary) 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble is celebrating 15 years of reawakening the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit. The St. Paul, Minn. group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions. The ... Read more in Amazon's The Rose Ensemble Store

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Product Details

  • Performer: The Rose Ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordan Sramek
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (November 10, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rose Ensemble
  • ASIN: B0000YWBUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


With only 12 voices, often singing one to a part, they produce the kind of richness and volume of sound that you would normally expect from a much larger ensemble. They absolutely raise the roof. --American Record Guide

The Rose Ensemble sings this music brilliantly with all the hallmarks in place: an almost supernatural blend of voices, beauty of tone, and rhythmic acuity. When the programming and singing is as good as this on a self-produced recording, you wonder why some of the more high-profile record labels can't do as well. --Early Music America Magazine

Product Description

Dazzling Eastern European polyphony featuring the antiphonal glory of Polish Renaissance composer Mikolaj Zielenski, the strength of the Russian Orthodox Liturgy with 12-part writing from Baroque master Vasily Titov, and the beloved audience favorite Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia by Minnesota composer Sergey Khvoshchinskiy.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! December 3, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Listening to this CD literally transports your soul. The rich harmonies, the 12 part textures and the beauty of the soaring soprano and rich bass lines gives the listener a true treat. A must have for your choral collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire of the Soul October 31, 2007
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Beautiful voices, outstanding arrangements, instantly enjoyable! Each piece is exquisitely performed, and the final selection, by Sergey Khvoshchinsky, is near perfection. In comparison to other recordings of choral music, this one is among the very best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite December 6, 2008
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Of the 3 CD's I have of 17th Century Eastern European acapella, this is my favorite. The other two are "Magnificat" by Chanticleer and "Slavic Holiday" by Rose Ensemble. I'm not musically inclined, but listen to a lot of diverse music while programming - heavy metal, reggae, punk, pop rock, do-wop, etc, but never tire of "Fire of the Soul". English religious choral music seems weak in comparison.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no! November 22, 2011
By M
Format:Audio CD
Oh dear. This is an interesting attempt, but the English chamber choir approach does NOT work with Slavic church music. The basses are too polite, the baritones too clear, the tenors too swan-like, the altos too modest, the sopranos too bright. The different sections have varying success with the Church Slavonic/Russian "oo" vowel -- none of them produces it far back in the mouth enough to be convincing. After ten seconds of listening to this, and finding it intriguing to hear the different parts of the pieces articulated more specifically than a real Russian or Slavic choir would do, I lost interest and just found it sad and thin. Like hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do Negro spirituals. If you want to hear more precision in this kind of music -- if real Russian choirs are too "heavy" for you -- try the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. At least they get the spirit and pronunciation right.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 8, 2009
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The Hail Mary (cut number eleven) is the single most beautiful thing I've ever heard. I break down in tears when I listen to it.
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