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Ikon - music of the Russian Orthodox Church | Nonsuch Singers

Saturday October 14, 2017 at 19:30
St James's Church, Paddington, London
£15 (£12 concessions), under 16s free
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  1. Priidite, vospoim lyudiye - Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky
  2. Khvalite, khvalite, Gospoda s nebes (Praise the Lord from the Heavens), from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op 41 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  3. Cherubic Hymn Op 29 - Alexander Gretchaninov
  4. Cherubic Hymn, 'Heruvimskaya pesn' - Pavel Chesnokov
  5. Blazheni yazhe izbral (How blessed are they) - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  6. Ave Maria - Igor Stravinsky
  7. Bogoroditse Djevo - Arvo Pärt
  8. Heruvimska Pesma, 'Cherubic Hymn' - Sergey Rachmaninov
  9. The Lord's Prayer, 'Otche nash', from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op 31 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  10. Hymn to the Mother of God - Sir John Tavener
  11. Funeral Ikos - Sir John Tavener
  12. Hymn of the Cherubim, 'Kherubimskaya pesn', from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op 31 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  13. Song of the Cherubim (Ize cheruwimy), for chorus - Krzysztof Penderecki
  14. A prayer for the disciples of Christ, from Prayers for mankind - Alexander Levine

The texts of the Orthodox liturgy have inspired some of the greatest Russian composers, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky among them, as well as modern masters like Krzysztof Penderecki and Arvo Pärt, and the British composer John Tavener, who converted to the Orthodox faith in 1977.

We feature works by all of these composers in the opening concert of our new season. Spanning the period from the late 18th to the 21st century our programme includes composers whose sacred pieces are considered cornerstones of the liturgical repertoire. Beginning with the Ukrainian Dmitry Bortniansky, perhaps the greatest composer in the Russian Empire before Glinka, we go on to sample the music of Alexander Grechaninov, Pavel Chesnokov and Alexander Levine.

Nonsuch Singers and our conductor Tom Bullard look forward to welcoming you to this lovely church and its beautiful acoustic for this evening of inspirational choral music.

St James's Church, Paddington
Sussex Gardens
W2 3UD
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