7-13. From Liturgy 2000
14. Ave Maria
15. Bless the Lord, o my soul (no. 2)
Toronto-based Hurko is a composer and opera stage director, having worked with Placido Domingo, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Andrea Bocelli and film directors Atom Egoyan and Werner Herzog, among others. He has composed Liturgy 2000 — his first CD — as well as the music for two plays with Yara Arts Groups at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City: A Light from the East (1990) and Explosions (1992).
“The variety of genre, style, and intonations of the music testifies to Roman Hurko’s skill and his poetic spirit.”
– Dmytro Kotelenets, Slavic and East European Performance
“The melodic lines are sustained and unadorned; the harmony, beyond select suspensions, is free of dissonance. Brimming with meditative phrases, this work takes on a celestial quality.” -Bohdan Markiw, Ukrainian Weekly
Sacred choral music sung in Ukrainian. Frescoes of Kyiv Chamber Choir conducted by Olexandr Bondarenko.
Olexandr Bondarenko, bass soloist; Mykola Cholodyj; tenor soloist