ALEXANDER KASTALSKY (1856-1926): Requiem for Fallen Brothers.

Catalogue Number: 09W037

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.574245

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Kastalsky was a student of Tchaikovsky and a mentor to Rachmaninov, becoming director of the Moscow Synodal School until the Bolshevik regime banned all sacred music, including this extraordinary Requiem which consequently lay forgotten for over a century. It is a rich and varied mosaic that honors those who perished in the First World War, poignantly combining Orthodox and Gregorian chant with hymns from the allied nations, even including “Rock of Ages”. This unprecedented and peerless monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice was acclaimed on its 1917 premiere as a ‘uniquely Russian requiem that… gave musical voice to the tears of many nations.’ Texts and translations included. Anna Dennis (soprano), Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone), Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, The Saint Tikhon Choir, Kansas City Chorale, Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Leonard Slatkin.


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