A Kremlin Christmas

Christmas Chants of Russia – 17th-20th centuries Russian Orthodox Sacred Choral Music

1. Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926): Christmas Chant (6:44) (From the Christmas canon): “Christ is Born, Rejoice…” “I Can See a Mysterious Sacrament…” “Hail to the Birth of Christ…” soloist – Vladimir Reutt “Virgin this Day” soloist – Yulia Korpacheva 2. Vasily Titov (1650-1710): Christmas Sticheron: “Rejoice You Righteous” (3:22) Chorus for 12 voices 3. Letter of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians, Alleluia (From Christmas liturgy) (4:48) soloist – Alexander Gritsuk 4. Stepan Degtyariov (1766-1813): Troparion: “Thy Birth, Christ, Our Lord” (1:18) 5. Dmitry Bortnyansky (1751-1825): Kontakion: “Virgin this Day” (1:54) 6. “Who is the Great God?” (From Christmas liturgy) (5:17) soloist – Sergei Popov 7. Degtyariov: This Day Christ is Born in Bethlehem (6:53) Chorus in four movements soloists – Natalia Tyatykh, Valentina Kuznetsova, Eugenia Chizhikova, Valentin Goutov, Andrei Timokhin, Sergei Popov 8. Bortnyansky: Glory to God in the Highest (4:56) Chorus in three movements 9. V. Zinoviev: “God is with us” (3:41) soloists – Valentina Kuznetsova, Valentin Goutov, Vladimir Reutt 10. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Thee We Praise?(3:07) (From Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31) soloist – Natalia Tyatykh 11. Rachmaninoff: Rejoice, Pure Virgin, Mother of God (2:56) (From Vespers, Op. 37) 12. Rachmaninoff: Hexapsalmos (3:12) (From Vespers, Op. 37) 13. Alexei Larin (born 1954): Christmas Carols (14:28) cantata for chorus, soloists and percussion, based on Russian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian folk songs: Heaven and Earth – New Joy – Silent Night – Holy Evening – Angels in Heaven – Christmas Caroling Is Here – Heaven and Earth