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Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs

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Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs
Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs


Since 2001, ECM has enthusiastically championed the art of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with recordings of his orchestral, chamber and vocal works - creations that stand as some of the most arresting and moving in contemporary music. This continues in Silvestrov's 75th birthday year with Sacred Songs, the seventh album ECM has devoted wholly to the composer's music; it collects sets of songs, refrains, psalms and prayers written between 2006 and 2008 that reflect the composer's late-blooming interest in writing for voices.

Previous choral releases of Silvestrov on the label were the Requiem for Larissa in memory of the composer's wife and the unaccompanied Sacred Works. Like the latter album, Sacred Songs features the utterly attuned, even otherworldly performances of Ukraine's Kiev Chamber Choir under the direction of co-founder Mykola Hobdych, with the recordings made in the resounding air of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, an ancient building recently reconstructed, the acoustic of which is almost a joint performer with the choir.

The BBC description of Sacred Works: "A ravishing collection of a cappella choral works. It is the sheer beauty of sound that catches the ear...luminous and lyrical."

Personnel: Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych (conductor)


  1. Name
  2. Songs for Vespers (2006), Come, Let us Worship
  3. World of Peace
  4. Holy God
  5. O Virgin Mother of God
  6. Today You Release (Your Servant)
  7. Many Years (Vivat)
  8. Silent Night
  9. Psalms and Prayers (2007), Praise God All Ye Nations (Psalm 116)
  10. Lord, my Heart Swells not with Pride (Psalm 130)
  11. Lord Jesus Christ
  12. Blessed Is He (Psalm 1)
  13. O King of Heaven
  14. With the Saints Grant Eternal Peace
  15. Our Father
  16. Two Psalms of David (2007), To You, o Lord, I Call (Psalm 27)
  17. The Lord Is my Shepherd (Psalm 22)
  18. Two Spiritual Refrains (2008), Do not Forsake me
  19. Alleluia
  20. Two Spiritual Songs (2007), Cherubic Hymn
  21. Many Years (Vivat)
  22. Three Spiritual Songs (2006), Cherubic Hymn
  23. Many Years (Vivat)
  24. Alleluia
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