Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Superb Russian Melancholy
Dr. Christopher Coleman | HONG KONG | 04/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An absolutely gorgeous soundtrack, perfectly capturing that peculiar dichotomy of spirituality and melancholy that seems to pervade the Russian character. I bought this primarily for the Rachmaninov Vespers--and have since bought a recording of the complete Vespers, once I found out which pieces in the film most moved me--but all of the music is wonderful and evocative. Kravchenko's Russian Frescoes is presented in two versions, one for mixed choir and one for guitar, a folk-song like setting that is a bit less melancholy than most of the tracks. Love Is Sacred is a haunting soprano solo over a slow moving wordless choir. Richard Patterson's Lights of Russia is an instrumental solo for guitar and some mandolin like instrument that will surely remind some of Zorba the Greek. Sviridov's Reveille is another haunting work, beginning with a soprano solo in the distance repeating two notes over and over, then moving to a powerful melodic line performed by bass singer to the accompaniment of a wordless chorus. Na Vasdushnam Akeane is for male voice and orchestra--this one is fairly traditionally romantic (as in Tchaikovsky-esque). Danse De La Mariée is an accordion solo with strummed string accompaniment, in the minor mode but faster moving than most of the other tracks. So Many Days is a song for mezzo and strummed instruments, a little bit folk and a little bit cabaret. Bogoroditse Devo and the selections from the Rachmaninov Vespers are a cappella choir pieces, heavy on the male voices, all absolutely exquisite compositions beautifully performed. This sort of music isn't for everyone, admittedly, but if you do have a melancholy side, or a spiritual side, or are a lover of things Russian, get this one now so you can weep over your vodka on a cold winter's night."