Chronos ensemble – The recording of Liturgy composed during the reign of Peter the Great

Chronos ensemble – The recording of Liturgy composed during the reign of Peter the Great


The Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is an outstanding monument of the Petrine Baroque. The prince spent about twenty years, intermittently, in Poland in the capacity of ‘an emergency ambassador and authorized minister’. The construction of his patrimonial church was largely conducted in his absence along a foreign project under the supervision of foreigners. The building of their own churches was very important for Russian aristocracy. It was the same like designing one’s own presentation or a visit card. It is assumed that the project originally came from the workshop of Carlo Fontana, the most famous Roman architect of his time. But in the process of construction it was slightly modified in accordance with the tastes of Moscow aristocracy and Dolgorukov himself. The construction began in 1714. Prince Dolgorukov died in 1723 and the building was finished much later by his grandson Nikolay in 1754. (The Dean Archpriest Dionisy Kryukov) Evgeny Skurat – Director of Chronos ensemble. We are starting a recording of Russian Early Baroque Liturgy composed in the same time when the temple of Podmoklovo was builded. We call this musical style an “Ealry partes” (part-singing) or “Continuous polyphony”. The continuous polyphony is usually based on the Znamenny cantus firmus sung by a third voice – the tenor. In the “Partes” repertory one often comes across polyphonic treatments of Demestvenny, Putevoy, Greek and Kiev chants. I compiled the score of the entire Liturgy by using seven chant-manuscripts of the times of Peter the Great. All the chants was composed by Russian chanters, some of them – by the court singers of Peter himself. All the chanters were anonymous with the exclusion of Stefan Belyaev and Ivan Protopopov. Protopopov conducted the choir of Tsar’s singers from 1723 to 1729. The CD contains two compositions from the coronation manuscript of Ivan Protopopov. Peter the Great personally created the coronation rite of Catherine I, who was proclaimed empress on May 18, 1724. Also the Liturgy includes some special litanies with the petitions for the Emperor and his family. Philipp Barsky – Sound director We are recording the Liturgy in quite small church with the acoustic of a huge Cathedral. We will use a multi microphone technique, and there will be no need to add any acoustic plugins for a sound design. Our compact disc will have a following title: “Russian early baroque Liturgy during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great” All the contents of this CD will be recorded for a first time. This music will sound for a first time after 300 years of its oblivion. You can buy all the CDs of Chronos ensemble here: chronosart.bandcamp.com

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