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Marika Kuzma has directed choirs at UC Berkeley for almost a quarter-century, and her special interest in 18th- and 19th-century Slavic choral works – and particularly Bortniansky – has led to her published edition of all 35 of his choral concertos by Musica Russica. A selection of these is performed here with restored authentic church pronunciation and careful editing, including some attractive balancing between soloists and full choir. Admired by Berlioz and Tchaikovsky among many, Bortniansky has an inspired simplicity; one of the hymns included was briefly adopted as a Russian anthem.

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