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Sacred Treasures 3: Choral Masterwrks Russia

Komitas , Sergey Rachmaninov , Johann Sebastian Bach , Sergey Taneyev , Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov , Yosif Ketchakhmadze , St. Petersburg Chamber Choir , Irina Arkhipova , Victor Rumantsev , Russian State Symphony Cappella Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alleluia, Behold The Bridegroom
2. Sourp Sourp (Holy Holy)
3. Lord Have Mercy
4. The Mercy Of Peace (Excerpts)
5. Komm Susser Tod (Bach)
6. Serenade
7. Grant Us This O Lord
8. Our Father
9. Gloria (Excerpt)
10. Peaceful Light (Kiev Chant)
11. Praise The Lord O My Soul (Greek Chant)
12. Blessed Art Thou O Lord (Kiev Chant)
13. Chorale
14. Amen Alleluia

Editorial Reviews

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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...a total unexpected joy! February 22, 2000
By Ted
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying Just for Track 5! December 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE ECSTASY. September 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Magnificent 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
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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
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rachmaninoff Recording March 9, 2005
By Nemo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD reminds me once again why Russian liturgical music is one of the treasures of the world: beautiful, profound, awe-inspiring, uplifting.

For the most part, the pieces are well chosen and the performances excellent. I am delighted to see that many of the tracks are from the classic recording of the Rachmaninoff Vespers made in the early 1970s by the USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir directed by Valery Polyansky, and released in the USA by Angel-Melodiya. I wore out my copy of the LP years ago; although it has been reissued on CD, it's out of print and very hard to find. So it is wonderful to see a generous selection from that recording available on this disk.

Listen to track 11, "Praise the Lord O My Soul", sung by the chamber choir and mezzo Irina Arkhipova. You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved as she sings "Slava Ghospidin" (Praise to the Lord). And listen to how the basses descend to B-flat at end. It just doesn't get any better than this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Choral Masterpieces of Russia and Beyond
This sacred choral music recorded in churches of Russia and sung by the many Russian choral groups is truly sacred. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mickey
3.0 out of 5 stars Sacred treasures 3 musical CD
It was okay but too much of the same thing. I like sacred choir music but this musical CD failed in its attempt to bring you to the Sacred.
Published 4 months ago by James I Mickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathedral Affect is Moving
I Enjoy Sacred Treasures 1 and saw the reviews for this one. It falls along the same lines, both are great CDs for the 'Cathedral Affect" for whatever purposes one might desire... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen John Sponsler
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly sounds!
Beautiful music. Peaceful and heavenly sounds. Great to relax with and I play this before I go to sleep and I use this at work with MP3 on phone.
Published 10 months ago by Neeo
5.0 out of 5 stars My best music
I have sung in many choirs and have played in an orchestra (violin). So am a great fan of coral music. Anything that is of that nature is of my interest. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hank Friesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful and Deep
I Love this music. Its beauty is peaceful and deep. I usually fall asleep with it. It is very spiritual and calming
Published 18 months ago by C. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars holy 'white noise'
For me it is 'holy white noise.' Since I don't understand Russian, I hear only beautiful voices that provide the ambience for my spiritual reading.
Published 21 months ago by Paul S. Paden
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Phenomenal
From the other Amazon reviews, you are aware of how amazing this CD is. It is what I wake up to each morning. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
I was not disappointed with this CD of Christian Orthodox music. This CD is truly a treasure. Relaxing, and inspirational, a joy to listen to.
Published on April 22, 2012 by Justina
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Sound Quality
I purchased this because I was very excited to see the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir singing "Allelulia, Behold the Bridegroom" (one of my favorite pieces), but overall I am... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by je.burgdorf
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