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listen  1. Allelulia, Behold the BridegroomSt. Petersburg Chamber Choir 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Lord Have MercyThe Russian State Symphony Cappella 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Komm Susser TodThe Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. SerenadeLege Artis Chamber Choir 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Peaceful Light (Kiev Chant)Ussr Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Praise the Lord O My Soul (Greek Chant)Ussr Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Blessed Art Thou O Lord (Kiev Chant)Choir of the Trinity-St. Serguis Laura13:09Album Only
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  • Performer: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Irina Arkhipova, Victor Rumantsev, Russian State Symphony Cappella
  • Composer: Komitas, Sergey Rachmaninov, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergey Taneyev, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, et al.
  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hearts of Space
  • ASIN: B00003XB5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What could be more sublime than a wall of dark, rotund Russian voices shimmering against the rising, ornate walls of a great cathedral? Not much, and this compilation of absolutely magnificent music proves it. The label Hearts of Space returns on this third choral collection to the ominous Slavic chant of their first choral album, Sacred Treasures I, which gathered together recordings of stunning Bulgarian and Russian choirs portraying the sacred works of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and other composers. Whereas Treasures I pulled from varied sections of sacred liturgies, including solo passages, Treasures III most often stays in harmonic chant with select voices occasionally rising and rolling in polyphonic heavenly calls. The collective voice draws the emotive tension taut here, as on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Our Father," which uses the absence of darkness to later juxtapose bold, rising drama. The Kiev chant "Blessed Art Thou O Lord" sends chills down the spine as the whispering consonants of the Russian language skip across the ancient repetition like sand skitters over a stormy beach. This is a collection as breathtakingly beautiful as the Cathedral of the Dormition itself. Not to be missed. --Karen K. Hugg

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The clear, distinct quality of the sound is consistent throughout the CD.
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This CD: Sacred Treasures III is the best I have heard.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ted on February 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Its just like the first Sacred Treasures! Just so heavenly! Sacred Treasures I and III are a must! Again the Orthodox faithful sing just like an angelic choir! If you love choral music, this is the one! Just enjoy a piece of heaven!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2001
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I have a number of choral and chant CD's, and I have to say that this one is my favorite. I think I like it even more than Sacred Treasures I. Sacred music can often seem perfunctory, but the music on this CD doesn't suffer from that problem.

The disc covers a wide cross-section of historically important pieces, from ancient Greek Orthodox chant through the early 20th Century choral masterpieces of Rachmaninov. There's also the added surprise of a modern fantasy setting of Bach's Apollonian masterpiece "Komm Susser Tod" ("Come Sweet Death") by Scandinavian composer Gunnar Eriksson. And the Komitas-penned "Sourp Sourp" (Holy Holy) might be the most beautiful song I've ever heard.

The sacred music from Russia has always held a special place for me. If you haven't heard Russian sacred music and want to dip your toe in the water, you owe it to yourself to get this CD (and Sacred Treasures I). Warm and serene, this music glows.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca M on December 25, 2001
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Unlike so many "choral compilation" CDs, there is not a track on this album that falls victim to "schlock." Although it is an example of excellent Romantic Russian sacred music, the real highlight of the album is Gunnar Eriksson's ad lib arrangement of Bach's Komm Susser Tod. The Erik Westberg ensemble executes this performance with all the mystery embodied in the text...creating celestial overtones without bordering on New Age. As far as I know, this is the only recording of Eriksson's arrangement.If you like Bach, buy this album. If you like choral music, buy this album. If you like Russian choirs, buy this album. If you want to be spiritually revived, listen to track 5 (and then the rest of the album!)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Boileau0663 on November 17, 2003
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I'd like to remind potential buyers that about a third of the chants on this cd are from Rachmaninoff's Vespers and Divine Liturgy. If you already have those cds, maybe you should think twice before buying Sacred Treasures III, which is definitely inferior to Sacred Treasures I, although still very beautiful (especially the first and second tracks).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ellen holmes on December 2, 2006
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I am the producer of this CD and also of the first CD in the Sacred Treasures series called "SACRED TREASURES: Choral Masterworks From Russia" as well as many others on Amazon: "SACRED TREASURES IV: Quiet Prayers", "SACRED TREASURES V: From a Russian Cathedral", "CELTIC TWILIGHT 7: Sacred Spirit", "MUSIC OF GRACE: Amazing Grace", "SACRED SONGS OF MARY", "SACRED SONGS OF ANGELS", "SACRED SONGS OF HOPE", "SACRED SONGS OF THE RENAISSANCE" and "SACRED SONGS OF MARY 2".

In each album, my intention was to bring together the very best performances of exceptionally beautiful, slow and peaceful sacred music. Most of the pieces on this compilation (as on the other compilations mentioned above) are filled with lush harmonies sung by large mixed choirs. All the selections are deeply nourishing to the soul.

In many cases, I chose excerpts from longer pieces, omitting the exultant huge crescendos and very fast sections that are typical of Russian sacred music, presenting only the slow and quiet verses. Different types of music serve different needs, and in today's stressful and fast-paced world, one of the most important and often neglected needs is for time out from that world--to "lay aside all earthly cares" (as the text to a Russian "Cherubic Hymn" prescribes) and to rest in a magical, quiet space of slow, peaceful, beauty. That peaceful beauty is available to you on all of these compilations, including this one, "SACRED TREASURES III"...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Chwan on February 27, 2002
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Superbly and majestically sung and recorded. Disagree with another reviewer on track 5; I don't think this one fits at all with the theme and spirit of the album. Track 12, The Lord's Prayer is perhaps the pinnacle - though not the most complex, surely the most reverent and spiritual. This one, plus (even more so) Peter Tchaikovsky's Cerubimic Hymn on Sacred Treasures I, back-to-back, are nothing short of stunning, overwhelmingly moving, bring-you-to-tears examples of why music of the Russian Orthodox Church is an unparalleled experience never to be forgotten; especially to the believer. Lots of other first rate selections as well.
If you know music, but particularly have some understanding of the Orthodox sense of sprirituality and have Slavic blood, this will hit you down to the DNA.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2000
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Fans of sacred choral music or Russian choirs in particular will find this third volume expands upon the prior two, capturing Russian sacred choral music and providing a blend of choirs and works. Pieces by Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and others are featured in a haunting presentation of beautiful choral melodies and classical influences.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hood on May 28, 2006
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This Awesome recording along with the first Saced Treasures of Bortniansky, Chernikof, Gretchaninov, Rachminanov, Tchaikovsky, this more recent Sacred Treasures III, includes far more!!!

Receiving yesterday's Parcel Post, I stayed awake until nearly 1:00AM, listening to 14 spiritually refreshing, glorious, and gorgeous Russian Choral Chants. My top ones are still singing in my aura..."Lord Have Mercy, KOMM SUSSER TOD, Peaceful Light, Grant Us This, O Lord, OUR FATHER, Praise The Lord, O My Soul, BLESSED ART THOU O LORD (Kiev Chant)." Most of these 7 are conducted by Valery Polansky in his magnificent choral style!

Even while singing under Robert Shaw in Atlanta Symphony Chorus there were seldom such chorally satisfying, experiences of awesome, enrapturing, ethereal sounds as these Russian Orthodox Choirs. The St. Petersburg Chamber Choir and USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir-Valery Polyansky Conductor, as intimately matchless! Voted a multitude of Golden Stars fondly from Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood, "Barbara377" (Fayetteville GA United States)
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