Shebalin: A Cappella Choral Cycles
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Vissarion Shebalin: The Complete A Cappella Choral Cycles

Catalogue Number: TOCC0112
EAN: 5060113441126
Release Date: 5 September 2011
Duration: 53:12

Five Choruses. Words by A. Pushkin, Op. 42
Three Choruses to Words by M. Lermontov, Op. 47
Three Choruses to Verses of A. Sofronov, Op. 44
Six Choruses to Words by M. Tank, Op. 45
Four Choruses to Words by M. Isakovsky, Op. 50
Three Choruses to Verses by Moldavian Poets, Op. 52
To my Grandchildren: Four Choruses for Children, Op. 57
In the Forest Clearing: Seven Choruses for Children, Op. 59
‘Oh, my Dawn!’, from the film Glinka

Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

The Siberian-born Vissarion Shebalin (1902–63) is best known for his instrumental music, which includes five symphonies and nine string quartets, some of which have been heard on CD, but this is the first recording of the eight delightful, and very Russian, choral cycles he wrote from 1949. Shebalin had to endure much hardship: along with Shostakovich, a close friend and colleague, he was one of the composers condemned in the infamous 1948 Party congress in Moscow; and in later life he fought to overcome a series of crippling strokes. These tribulations he faced with understated but unshakable optimism, as these touching choruses reveal.

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1-5 Five A Cappella Choruses. Words by A. Pushkin, Op. 42 (1949)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
9:10
1 No. 1, Message to the Decembrists 2:17 play
2 No. 2, Song about Stenka Razin 1:30 play
3 No. 3, The Winter Road 1:50 play
4 No. 4, Chattering Magpie 0:52 play
5 No. 5, Echo 2:41 play
6-8 Three A Cappella Choruses to Words by M. Lermontov, Op. 47 (1951)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
6:16
6 No. 1, The Warrior’s Grave 2:15 play
7 No. 2, The Sail 2:29 play
8 No. 3, The Cliff 1:32 play
9-11 Three A Cappella Choruses to Verses of A. Sofronov, Op. 44 (1949)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
5:32
9 No. 1, Immortelle 3:01 play
10 No. 2, The Wild Grapevine 1:21 play
11 No. 3, Wormwood 1:10 play
12-17 Six A Cappella Choruses to Words by M. Tank, Op. 45 (1950)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
11:30
12 No. 1, The Cossack urged on his steed 2:30 play
13 No. 2, A Mother’s Thoughts of her Son 2:41 play
14 No. 3, The Skylark 1:11 play
15 No. 4, To a Birch Tree 1:38 play
16 No. 5, Spring Beauty 1:53 play
17 No. 6, Over the Burial-Mounds 1:37 play
18-21 Four A Cappella Choruses to Words by M. Isakovsky, Op. 50 (1952)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
5:31
18 No. 1, Let Every Hour be Happy! 1:32 play
19 No. 2, The Oak 1:00 play
20 No. 3, It is fine to stroll in spring 1:40 play
21 No. 4, Autumn 1:19 play
22-24 Three Choruses to Verses by Moldavian Poets, Op. 52 (1959-60)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
4:44
22 No. 1, Twilight in the Valley 1:31 play
23 No. 2, The Poplar 1:36 play
24 No. 3, Mariora is going away 1:37 play
25-28 To my Grandchildren: Four Choruses A Cappella for Children, Op. 57 (1963)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
2:49
25 No. 1, In the Orchard 0:44 play
26 No. 2, The Bee 0:41 play
27 No. 3, Raindrops 0:30 play
28 No. 4, Summer is here 0:54 play
29-35 In the Forest Clearing: Seven A Cappella Choruses for Children, Op. 59 (1963)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
4:37
29 No. 1, The Snowdrop 0:51 play
30 No. 2, The Lily-of-the-Valley 1:03 play
31 No. 3, The Violet 0:28 play
32 No. 4, The Buttercup 0:34 play
33 No. 5, The Forget-Me-Not 0:36 play
34 No. 6, The Dandelion 0:25 play
35 No. 7, The Carnation 0:40 play
36 Home Guards’ Chorus, ‘Oh, my Dawn!’, from the film Glinka (1946)

Vissarion Shebalin, composer
Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir
Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

(first recording)
3:03 play

Artists

Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin, composer

Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella

Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella, choir

Nikolay Khondzinsky

Nikolay Khondzinsky, conductor

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