Bortniansky – Cherubic Hymn (Бортнянский – Херувимска песма)

Dmitri Bortniansky (1751-1825)

Dmitri Bortniansky was a Ukrainian-Russian composer.  He studied music in Italy.  He worked as the Kapellmeister (Chapel master) at the court of St. Petersburg.

Bortniansky wrote operas, cantatas, instrumental music, Russian sacred music, and Russian secular music.  His Russian sacred music is known for its Italian style lyricism and counterpoint.

Here is a recording of Bortniansky’s Cherubic Hymn which is often sung in the Ukrainian orthodox church.  I do not know who is performing the hymn in this particular recording.  It is quite a beautiful hymn.  Have a listen.



Widor Agnus Dei

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Charles-Marie Widor was a French organist, composer, and teacher.  He wrote works for various instruments and ensembles.  He is mostly known today for his ten organ symphonies.

Here is the Agnus Dei from Widor’s Mass op.36 for choir and organ.  It is performed by the Schola Cantorum of Saint Agnes based in New York City.  James D. Wetzel is the organist and choirmaster.  David Enlow is the guest organist.  The music is very skillfully composed.  Listen to how the voices meld together  and how well the organ accompaniment fits and provides a mood for the piece.  Enjoy!