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Bill Douglas: "The Cloud" (from "Songs of Earth & Sky)
(from "Sacred Treasures" / Hearts of Space)
"Hymn of the Cherubim" from Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, Op. 41
Composed by Tchaikovsky
Performed by the USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
The choral music of the Russian Orthodox Church is designed to set the soul searching beyond earthly cares. Lush harmonies float in space, angelic high voices pour down from heaven, deep bass voices arise from the center of the earth. For sheer beauty, there is little to match it anywhere in the world. Tchaikovsky's stately and serene setting of this angelic invocation has an other-worldly quality like no other version. The direction of Valery Polyansky brings out subtle nuances and depth in music. Here, one truly feels the presence of angels.