Chesnokov: Sacred Choral Music
Format: COMPACT DISC
Manning, Natalie; St. John's Voices; Walker, Graham; Cambridge University Chamber Choir; Butler, Tom; Kinney, Jessica
Pavel Chesnokov studied with Taneyev, Ippolitov-Ivanov and Conus in Moscow and was an admired choral director in the city. He wrote more than 500 choral works, the majority of them sacred. His contribution to music for the Divine Liturgy was immense and he wrote two settings of the All-Night Vigil, the second of which is heard here, rich in chant melodies, and full of grandeur and Romantic lyricism. His smaller-scale works show a refined and perceptive use of texture and sonority, often capturing the essence of chant without direct quotation.