Editors’ Notes Russian composer Alexander Kastalsky was highly influential during the early 20th century. A pupil of Tchaikovsky and Taneyev, he transformed Russian choral music, combining ancient, simple Slavic chant with the richer polyphony of Russian choral folk song. Think Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and you’ll have an idea of his style. Even before the First World War was over, Kastalsky composed this Requiem, a Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes, and it’s the a cappella version we hear here. The Clarion Choir, already proven in Russian repertoire, bring to the fore Kastalsky’s exquisite, burnished colors and beautifully balanced voicing with blended, nuanced ensemble.

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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: I. Great Litany
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: II. Alleluia and with Profound Wisdom
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: III. Give Rest, O Our Saviour
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: IV. Give Rest, O Lord, to the Souls of Thy Servants, Who Have Fallen Asleep
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: V. I Will Pour Out My Prayer
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VI. With the Saints Give Rest
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VII. Thou Alone Art Immortal
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: VIII. Thou Art God, Who Descended into Hades
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: IX. Give Rest, O Lord
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: X. Triple Litany
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Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes: XI. Memory Eternal
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Doors of Thy Mercy
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From My Youth
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Blessed Are They
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