Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs

Kiev Chamber Choir & Mykola Hobdych

of discs
Stock Status (?)
In Stock
Delivery Estimate
2-5 days
Classical, Choral
ECM New Series
September 24, 2012

Format: Compact Disc



(Free delivery & returns within the UK)


Add to Wishlist


Add this product to your site


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 (4721122) and the unaccompanied Sacred Works (4763316). 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)

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number 4764990
Barcode 0028947649908
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 112g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Songs for Vespers (2006), Come, Let us Worship 03:20
2. World of Peace 02:57
3. Holy God 03:48
4. O Virgin Mother of God 03:12
5. Today You Release (Your Servant) 03:57
6. Many Years (Vivat) 03:17
7. Silent Night 03:44
8. Psalms and Prayers (2007), Praise God All Ye Nations (Psalm 116) 02:11
9. Lord, my Heart Swells not with Pride (Psalm 130) 03:15
10. Lord Jesus Christ 04:12
11. Blessed Is He (Psalm 1) 02:57
12. O King of Heaven 02:40
13. With the Saints Grant Eternal Peace 01:45
14. Our Father 03:35
15. Two Psalms of David (2007), To You, o Lord, I Call (Psalm 27) 04:24
16. The Lord Is my Shepherd (Psalm 22) 04:30
17. Two Spiritual Refrains (2008), Do not Forsake me 04:00
18. Alleluia 03:14
19. Two Spiritual Songs (2007), Cherubic Hymn 03:17
20. Many Years (Vivat) 02:29
21. Three Spiritual Songs (2006), Cherubic Hymn 03:57
22. Many Years (Vivat) 02:06
23. Alleluia 01:48