Steinberg, M: Passion Week

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Steinberg, M: Passion Week

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - December 2016

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8573665

Discs:

1

Release date:

12th Aug 2016

Barcode:

0747313366576

Length:

54 minutes

Medium:

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Passion Week is a long-lost choral masterpiece composed by Rimsky-Korsakov’s favourite student, heir apparent and son-in-law, Maximilian Steinberg. A product of his interest in the sacred and mystical, it is a tour de force of the systematic use of medieval Church Slavonic chant melodies and shares with Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil the colourful use of choral textures. Steinberg’s settings are complex and rich, with a diverse and sometimes daring harmonic palette, offering eleven movements of distinctive and expressive content that reveal an artist’s search for identity at a time of increasing hostility to religion.

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week, Op. 13

Alliluiya (Alleluia)

Se Zhenih griadet (Behold, the Bridegroom Comes)

Anonymous: Chertog Tvoy (Thy Bridal Chamber) [Kievan Chant]

Chertog Tvoy (Thy Bridal Chamber) [Kievan Chant]

Passion Week, Op. 13

Chertog Tvoy (Thy Bridal Chamber)

Yegda slavnii uchenitsï (When the Glorious Disciples)

Anonymous: Stranstviya Vladïchnia (The Master's Hospitality) [Znamenny Chant]

Stranstviya Vladïchnia (The Master's Hospitality) [Znamenny Chant]

Passion Week, Op. 13

Stranstviya Vladïchnia (The Master's Hospitality)

Anonymous: Vecheri Tvoyeya taynïya (Of Thy Mystical Supper) [Znamenny Chant]

Vecheri Tvoyeya taynïya (Of Thy Mystical Supper) [Znamenny Chant]

Passion Week, Op. 13

Vecheri Tvoyeya taynïya (Of Thy Mystical Supper)

Blagoobraznïy Iosif (The Noble Joseph)

Razboynika blagorazumnago (The Wise Thief)

Anonymous: Ne rïday Mene, Mati (Do Not Lament Me, O Mother) [Znamenny Chant]

Ne rïday Mene, Mati (Do Not Lament Me, O Mother) [Znamenny Chant]

Passion Week, Op. 13

Ne rïday Mene, Mati (Do Not Lament Me, O Mother)

Anonymous: Voskresni, Bozhe (Arise, O God) [Znamenny Chant]

Voskresni, Bozhe (Arise, O God) [Znamenny Chant]

Passion Week, Op. 13

Voskresni, Bozhe (Arise, O God)

Da molchit fsiakaya plot (Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence)

BBC Music Magazine

December 2016

*****

“Steinberg creates a magnificent, richly textured choral work.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“All of the solo singers have exemplary tone and diction, and the choir’s blend is creamy and devoid of rough edges. Highlights include Timothy Knot’s baritone solo in ‘Thy bridal chamber’ and the clusters at the opening of ‘The noble Joseph’. Mention should be made, too, of the extraordinary contribution made by the Michigan-based basso profundo Glenn Miller…[a] newly restored masterpiece”

MusicWeb International

15th February 2017

“A second very fine recording of Steinberg’s magnificent choral work.”

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