Moscow Patriarch Choir & Ilya Tolkachev - Hidden Music of the Russian Church
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 54:04 min | 252 MB
Label: Christophorus | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2016
The Patriarch Choir of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow conducted by Ilya Tolkachov devotes the second of their CDs issued by Christophoros to Russian sacred music composed after the 1917 Revolution. Under the Soviet regime, most churches and the majority of monasteries were closed and the priests and monks expelled; ecclesiastical life became extremely difficult and was permanently under threat of reprisal. Numerous celebrated composers of sacred music were only permitted to publish secular compositions, but continued to work in secret.