Praise the Name of the Lord No. 2 (Hvalite imia Ghospodne No. 2). By Aleksandr Arkhangelsky (1846-1924). For SATB choir with alto voice solo, bass voice solo. Choral octavo. Language: Church Slavonic. Published by Musica Russica (MR.AR-136).
With Language: Church Slavonic.
Alexander Arkhangelsky (1846-1924) was an avid student of Western European choral polyphony as it was being re-discovered in the course of the 19th century. He is best known for his sacred choral concertos, mostly on psalm texts, that tend to be dramatic or sentimental (or both), but which are, nevertheless, great favorites with Russian churchgoers to this day. His "Praise the Name of the Lord" No. 2 is in a totally different style, drawing upon the Russian Orthodox technique of "canonarching," similar to lining-out or "call and response." The choral writing is clear and transparent, with results that can best be described as "luminous.".