GD296 Orlin Anastassov - bass - Orthodox Chants



About artist

Orlin Anastassov

A young Bulgarian bass singer, has been recently having spectacular success at the biggest opera stages throughout the world. Critics compare him to Samuel Ramey and other opera singers, but they always stress on the slight Slavonic edge to his voice. The list of roles he has sung is amazing: Ramphis in Aida, Filippo II in Don Carlos, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the bass parts in Somnambula and Norma, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Puritani, Ernani, Macbeth, Attila, Simoe Boccanegra, Faust, etc. - all of them difficult roles, sung by only a few opera singers. He has participated at Covent Garden in London, the Paris Grand Opera, La Scala in Milan, Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Arena di Verona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Rome, Karlsruhe, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Washington, Trieste, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto Rico, Lima in Peru, Palermo …      It is impossible to mention all opera theatres and towns which he has visited as guest singer. Among the conductors he has worked with the names of Sir Colin Davis, Georges Pretre, Mark Elder, Daniel Oren, Riccardo Chailly. Along with opera singing, Orlin Anastassov is also attracted to singing Orthodox chants and just as the great singer Boris Christoff, he also indulges in studying church music.

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About the work

The Seven Saints Choir
Dimitar Grigorov, conductor
Snezhana Grigorova, choirmaster

Alexander Grechaninov
[1] Veruyu (Credo) 4'06''
Dobri Hristov  
[2] Nine otpushtaeshi 3'39''
(Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart) 
Grigoriy Lyubimov  
[3] Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the Man) 4'46''
Petar Dinev  
[4] Razboinika Blagorazumnago 2'24''
(The Judicious Villain) 
Pavel Chesnokov  
[5] Zhertva vechernyaia (Evening Sacrifice) 4'22''
Dobri Hristov  
[6] Hvalite imya Gospodne  3'59''
(Praise the Name of the Lord)
Priest Vassiliy Zinoviev 
[7] Tebe poem (We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee) 3'04''
Pavel Chesnokov  
[8] Blazhen muzh оp. 44, No.2 3'59''
(Blessed is the Man)
Alexander Arkhangelsky 
[9] Nine otpushtaeshi No.3 3'12''
(Lord, Now Lettest Thou Servant Depart) 
Pavel Chesnokov 
[10] Spasi, Bozhe, lyudi Tvoia 3'21'' 
(O God, Save Thy People) 
Apostol Nikolaev-Stroumsky 
[11] Veliko slavoslovie (Great Doxology) 11'54''
DDD 48'46''
The booklet of the CD includes the texts to the chants in three languages: Church-Slavonic, Bulgarian, and English.
Neofit, Metropolitan of Rousse writes in the CD booklet: "Orlin is a new and precious pearl of Bulgarian opera art, a cause of praise for the town of Rousse and Bulgaria. With admiration and indebtedness he dedicates his present work to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the unforgettable Boris Christoff. And with his youthful zeal for the boundless heights of art he recalls to us the flight of the eagle…".

Recorded in the “Sveti Sedmochislenitsi” Church, Sofia, 26-28 March 2004

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