"Slavyanka Men's Chorus has the ability, through magnificent dynamic contrasts, to sound small and intimate, but can sound large as a Russian theological academy chorus. Their work on this disc is impeccable. The accompanying booklet of program notes is superior, and is in multiple languages. The inclusion of the text of the liturgical music in several languages, including Slavonic and transliterated English pronunciation of the Slavonic, is a wonderful addition. Can't recommend it highly enough!"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the music I own this cd is my favorite at this time. This group has a very rich and powerful sound. When I buy choral music this represents exactly what I am looking for. If you are like me you bought a Gregorian Chant cd and were disappointed becuse it is in unison and rather flat sounding: this is harmonious and lush. Each track is four part a capella. I cannot adequately express the pleasure I receive from this cd. I am not an audiophile or vocal technique expert but I know good music when I hear it; this certainly qualifies. The group has a very good blend and sings what seem to be difficult pieces very smoothly. I would describe the mood as invigoratingly soothing. If you like all-male choral works you will enjoy this. I will certainly be purchasing more work by this group in the future."
Not too bad at all
Gabe Monforte | 01/18/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Slavyanka Chorus sings a varied program of Russian liturgical music including some tracks I've rarely heard (Nos. 6, 9, 16). The singing leaves something to be desired though. There are occasional lapses in intonation, mostly caused by singing too loud, which unfortunately they do a little too often. In the liner notes, the reader is encouraged by the director to consult Choral Performance in Pre-Revolutionary Russia by Vladimir Morosan. I would encourage every die-hard Russian Choral Music fan to read it. I just wish Mr. Andrews followed it more closely."
Moving, intense music.
Rachel Watkins | Joshua, Texas | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this album for a little over a year now and still listen to it regularly. It's a favorite in my car, especially in the early morning while driving my kids to school. The combination of the sunrise and the moving vocals combine to leave me feeling full of life, ready to move on with my day. The chorus is truly incredible, and with a decent sound system the feeling of being in the midst of all those deep voices is something memorable.
I love the sound and style of Russian music, and this CD has been wonderful when I'm in the mood for something more meaningful.
I'm not a music expert or Russian linguist, nor will you find me in a church on Sunday. I enjoy good music of all forms, and no matter what your religion or linguistic affiliation, this is excellent music that is sure to add something to your collection."