The Sacred Spirit of Russia
Harmonia Mundi HMU-807526
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Bless the Lord, O My Soul (2:40)
Gretchaninov: Glory/Only Begotten Son (2:35)
Martynov: The Beatitudes (5:16)
Tchesnokov: Come, Let Us Worship (1:47)
Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson
Conspirare’s newest CD “The Sacred Spirit of Russia” is the ensemble’s eighth recording for Harmonia Mundi. Subtitled “Christmas Liturgy from a Russian Cathedral,” the disc features works by early twentieth-century composers of the “new Russian school”– Kastalsky, Gretchaninov, Rachmaninov and Chesnokov – and their followers Sviridov and Martynov.