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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)


BBC Radio 3 Artist of the Week

19 June 2017

Tenebrae is BBC Radio 3‘s Artist of the Week! Tune into Essential Classics at 11am every day this week to find out Sarah Walker’s choices from the choir’s award-winning discography. Amongst other items, this will include Tenebrae’s recordings of works by Fauré, Parry, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Victoria and Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.


Signum is Gramophone Label of the Year 2017!

14 September 2017

Huge congratulations to our friends at Signum Classics for winning Record Label of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards! We are delighted for the company who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. We have loved working with them producing some of our most memorable recordings from Tenebrae’s debut release The Dream of Herod back… 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 Festival on 15th June, bringing Russian Treasures back to… continued


Princeton University Collaboration

28 June 2019

We’re very proud to announce a brand new initiative with Princeton University, kicking off in two weeks’ time at our Russian Treasures concerts in Thaxted and  St. Bartholomew-the-Great on the 14th and 15th July. Four Princeton music students will join the full Tenebrae line up alongside our Associate Artists for these special concerts. Here’s an introduction… continued


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 creamiest of harmonies, perfect for spotlighting Tenebrae’s smooth velvet tone singing legato, the voice parts immaculately blended…. continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s blog: August 2019

1 August 2019

A lively time for us this last June and July before we hit a full August leading into our busiest autumn since the choir started nearly 20 years ago. We had another wonderful trip to Suffolk for the Aldeburgh Festival at the start of June. We’ve been to this part of the world quite a… continued