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16 September 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm
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Tenebrae: Russian Treasures

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Rare choral gems and celebrated sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Most Christian liturgies are strongly associated with singing, but none are defined by the intoned human voice quite like those of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The ‘spoken’ word is entirely absent from the Russian liturgy, lacking as it does the element of spiritual theatre endowed by the solemn chants of the Znamenny, Kievan and oth-er chant traditions. No surprise then, that there should be a wealth of choral music associated with this liturgy, dating back to the 16th Century and evolving more-or-less uninterrupted until the sudden decline in the Church’s fortunes which accompanied the Bolshevik Rebellion in 1917.

Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception, and this exquisite collection includes some little-known gems, rarely heard outside Russia, as well as some familiar favourites from this vast area of choral repertoire.


Sergei Rachmaninov              Priidite, poklonimsia from All-Night Vigil
Sergei Rachmaninov              Velikaya Yektenia from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Sergei Rachmaninov              Heruvimskaya pesn from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Sergei Rachmaninov              Nïne otpushchayeshï from All-Night Vigil
Nikolay Golovanov                 Heruvimskaya pesn
Viktor Kalinnikov                     Svete tihiy
Mikhail Glinka                           Heruvimskaya pesn
Pavel Chesnokov                     Svete tihiy
Nikolay Golovanov                 Otche nash
Pavel Chesnokov                     Tebe poyem
Sergei Rachmaninov              Prositelnaya Yektenia from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Alexander Gretchaninov      Nïne silï nebesïya
Pavel Chesnokov                     Heruvimskaya pesn
Alexander Sheremetiev       Nïne silï nebesïya
Sergei Rachmaninov              Bogoroditse Devo from All-Night Vigil
Sergei Rachmaninov              Blazhen muzh from All-Night Vigil
Nikolay Golovanov                 Slava Ottsu (Yedinorodnï)
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky     Legend (The Crown of Roses)
Nikolay Kedrov                         Otche nash
Sergei Rachmaninov              Vzbrannoy voyevode from All-Night Vigil

Nigel Short conductor


Translations are available here: Tenebrae Russian Treasures

Sponsored by The Sackler Trust, The Greenwood Trust, Mr & Mrs David Bruce and Roderick & Jackie Chamberlain.

Please note all programmes and events are subject to change and last minute alteration subject to the latest Government Covid guidelines. 
Date: 16 September 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm
Event CategoryChoral
Venue Name: Douai Abbey
Address: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire RG7 5TQ United Kingdom

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