LIVE REVIEW: Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow by Candlelight, 7.12.2010, Symphony Hall (Birmingham)

For centuries, the music of the Russian Orthodox Church was heard only in church ceremonies. For decades it was suppressed by the Soviet government. But since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow has brought music that has lain in obscurity for centuries to a wider public around the world.

Founded in 1983, the Russian Patriarchate Choir is composed of twelve men’s voices, dedicated to the repertoire for male voices of ancient Orthodox Church music. They will sing this ancient sacred music and traditional folk songs with the depth and emotion that can only come from the extraordinary technical mastery of a Russian men’s choir. The Russian Patriarchate Choir bought the reverence of Church to the Symphony Hall.

Playing to a full house they had the audience mesmerized by their beautiful voices and gracious nature’s; always bowing after each song and showing great humility in their music and themselves. No fancy lighting shows, stage props or atmosphere building warm up acts this was a pure performance bringing to the non Orthodox community the beautiful sound that is created with voices and no instruments. As well as Church music that was recognizable to all Orthodox in whichever language they were listening there was also the final few songs of folk music.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos


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