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Russian Treasures

Russian Treasures

Russian Treasures is the twentieth album from Tenebrae, and the first release on new label Bene Arte, established exclusively to record the choir and associated artists.

Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception and over the years they have worked extensively with Russian language coaches whilst nurturing their own characteristics of passion and precision to deliver a special and heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers.

Choir and Organ describes the release as “majestic interpretations with a beautiful bloom on the recorded sound”.

Tenebrae is unbeatable… Tenebrae is the current master of the Russian sound.

Classic FM
  • Release Date: 13 January 2014
  • Record Label: Bene Arte
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD900
  • Location of Recording: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:01:27
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Nïne silï nebesnïyaAlexander Gretchaninov05:40£ Listen
2Nïne otpushchayeshïSergei Rachmaninov03:33£ Listen
3Heruvimskaya pesnNikolay Golovanov04:35£ Listen
4Priidite, poklonimsiaSergei Rachmaninov02:07£ Listen
5Heruvimskaya pesnSergei Rachmaninov04:29£ Listen
6Tebe poyemSergei Rachmaninov02:21£ Listen
7Slava Ottsu (Yedinorodnï)Nikolay Golovanov03:59£ Listen
8Svete tihiyPavel Chesnokov02:50£ Listen
9Tebe poyemPavel Chesnokov03:38£ Listen
10Svete tihiyViktor Kalinnikov02:24£ Listen
11Bogoroditse DevoSergei Rachmaninov03:06£ Listen
12Blazhen muzhSergei Rachmaninov05:37£ Listen
13Otche nashSergei Rachmaninov03:54£ Listen
14Heruvimskaya pesnPavel Chesnokov02:25£ Listen
15Otche nashNikolay Golovanov03:29£ Listen
16Legend (The Crown of Roses)Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky02:55£ Listen
17Otche nashNikolay Kedrov02:34£ Listen
18Vzbrannoy voyevodeSergei Rachmaninov01:46£ Listen

Tenebrae is unbeatable… Tenebrae is the current master of the Russian sound.

Classic FM

There is a distinctive timbre to this repertoire that Tenebrae catches to elevating effect. Your average Russian church choir would sing with more of an edge to the tone, but, on the other hand, this music was composed for choirs of top calibre. And Tenebrae is certainly one of those.

The Daily Telegraph

a beautifully blended, spaciously paced journey through late 19th and early 20th century Russian liturgical music. The basses are phenomenal, descending to their sepulchral bottom B flats… the overall sound is gorgeous

The Times

Tenebrae’s ultra-deep and resonate basses are immediately evident as the voices unfurl updates in the opening Gretchaninov track… these highly focused performance reveal the magnificent craft of some glorious music

BBC Music Magazine

Majestic interpretations with a beautiful bloom on the recorded sound

Choir and Organ

…refined passion, combined with precision, perfect balance and intonation. The upper voices have a purity and luminance, while the blended sound is smooth but never dull.

Presto Classical

No. 1 in UK Specialist Classical Chart (January 2014)

Presto Discs of 2014, Finalist

Presto Disc of the Week (January 2014)


5* Review from The Times

23 July 2019

On Monday 15th July, we performed our signature Russian Treasures programme to a packed St. Bartholomew-the-Great. The Times reviewed it and have this to say:

“The night was launched by Rachmaninov selections, couched in long phrases and the crea... continued


Upcoming summer tours

16 May 2019

We’re very pleased to be travelling on tour all over the UK and Europe this summer. Highlights include the Aldeburgh Festival on 9th June with a new programme of Byrd, Tallis and MacMillan, a Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music in Halle for the Handel... continued