Missa etcetera

Western religious music from different centuries. This episode is entirely devoted to Russian Orthodox church music. In the Middle Ages, this music had its very own character, different from what was composed in Western Europe.

In the course of the 16th and the early 17th centuries, influences from Western-Europe permeated into the Russian church music. After Tsar Peter the Great embraced Western-Europe, these tendencies were enhanced. In the midst of the 18th century, Italian composers like Galuppi and Sarti moved to Russia. Not only did they compose operas, but they also wrote music to Russian Liturgical texts, and thus the gallant Italian style entered the Russian Orthodox church music. This style was then incorporated by other Russian composers of which the famously known Dmitry Bortniansky.

Anonymous (Russia, 15th/16th century)
1. Budi imya Gospodnie
2. Ot yunosti moieya
3. Y vsyu krotost
4. Blagoviernomu Tsariu
5. Svyatui Bozhe
6. Izhe khieruvimui

Ivan the Terrible(1530-1584)
7. Kuimi pokhvalienui mi

Anonymous (Russia, 15th/16th century)
8. V Chiermniem Mori
9. Izbavlenie posla
The Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Phillips
(cd: “Russian Orthodox Music” – Gimell CDGIM002, 1982/1990)

Nikolay Diletsky (ca. 1630-ca. 1680)
10. Khvalite imia Gospodne

Vasily Titov (ca. 1650-ca. 1715)
11. Slava – Yedinorodnyi Syne

Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)
12. Plotiyu usnuv

Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802)
13. Nyne sily nebesnyia

Artemy Vedel (1767-1808)
14. Na rekakh vavilonskikh

Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825)
15. Da ispravitsia molitva moia
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Hillier
(cd: “Orthodox Chant of the 17th and 18th Centuries” – Harmonia Mundi HMG 507318, 2003/2008)

Baldassare Galuppi
16. from the Sonata in C minor: adagio
Luca Scandali, organ
(cd: “Organ Sonatas” – Brilliant Clasics 95140, 2016)

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