Kastalsky: Memory Eternal The Clarion Choir & Steven Fox
Artist: The Clarion Choir & Steven Fox
Composer: Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926):
- 1Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: I. Great Litany08:19
- 2Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: II. Alleluia and with Profound Wisdom02:42
- 3Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: III. Give Rest, O Our Saviour03:29
- 4Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: IV. Give Rest, O Lord, to the Souls of Thy Servants, Who Have Fallen Asleep01:07
- 5Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: V. I Will Pour Out My Prayer01:44
- 6Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VI. With the Saints Give Rest02:03
- 7Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VII. Thou Alone Art Immortal04:03
- 8Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VIII. Thou Art God, Who Descended into Hades02:11
- 9Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: IX. Give Rest, O Lord02:44
- 10Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: X. Triple Litany07:36
- 11Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: XI. Memory Eternal02:13
- 12Doors of Thy Mercy04:38
- 13From My Youth04:48
- 14Blessed Are They05:48
Info for Kastalsky: Memory Eternal
In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. A pivotal figure in Russian musical life—he was a student of Tchaikovsky and acclaimed as the founder of a new, national church music—Kastalsky composed a choral-orchestral Requiem, for the concert stage. Simultaneously, he worked on the a cappella version heard on this recording to be sung in Russian Orthodox churches. Following the basic structure of the Orthodox Panihida, or memorial service, Memory Eternal, and the short sacred pieces that end the programme, reveal Kastalsky’s masterful use of choral sonority and colour, his weaving of complex polyphonic textures, and his graceful use of ancient chant melodies.
Steven Fox, conductor
is Artistic Director of The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir and Founder of Musica Antiqua St Petersburg, which he established as Russia’s first period-instrument orchestra at the age of 21. Recognised as a leading conductor of his generation, he has recently appeared as a guest conductor with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Juilliard415 at Lincoln Center, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, L’Opéra de Québec and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. From 2008 to 2013 he was an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera, and he has served as an Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and Juilliard Opera. Steven Fox is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was named an Associate in 2010. He has led master- classes and clinics at Dartmouth, Juilliard and Yale, where he served as preparatory conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum.
Established in 2006 to complement The Clarion Orchestra, The Clarion Choir has become one of the leading professional vocal ensembles in the United States. With members equally at home on the solo stage and in ensemble singing, The Clarion Choir has performed in many of the great halls and festivals of North America, including the Lincoln Center White Light Festival, The Tully Scope Festival, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Quebec International Festival of Sacred Music, The Twelfth Night Festival, and Bargemusic with The Knights chamber orchestra. The Clarion Choir premièred Passion Week in a critically- acclaimed performance in October 2014, shortly before this recording was made.