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Choral Tradition Jan. 10, 2010

This week, music by Rachmaninoff, including the choral symphony The Bells and a set of choruses for women's voices and piano.

RACHMANINOFF: Choral Symphony The Bells, op.35 (Marianna Christos, soprano; Walter Planté, tenor; Arnold Voketaitis, bass; Leonard Slatkin conducting the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus) (35:00) CD TITLE: "Rachmaninoff: Orchestral Music" (Vox Box CD3X-3002)

RACHMANINOFF: Panteley the Healer (Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson conductor) (4:13) CD TITLE: "Ravishingly Russian" (MSR Classics MS-1311)

RACHMANINOFF: Choruses for Female Voices, Op.15: excerpts (Glory to the People; Night; The Pine Tree; Sleepy Waves) (USSR TV & Radio Large Chorus, Ludmila Ermakova conducting) (13:15) CD TITLE: "Choral Music by Russian Composers" (Vox Allegretto ACD-8176)

Vissarion SHEBALIN (1902-1963): Magpie, Op.42 no.5 (text by Pushkin) (USSR TV & Radio Large Chorus, Klavdia Ptitsa conducting) (1:00) CD TITLE: "Choral Music by Russian Composers" (Vox Allegretto ACD-8176)