A Joyous Lent to All!
“A Lost Work of Sacred Music from Post-Revolutionary St. Petersburg
This April 11 and 12, for the first time in recorded history, Cappella Romana presents Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, the last major sacred work composed in Russia after the imposition of Communism. Unlike Gretchaninoff’s similar collection, nearly every movement of Steinberg’s Passion Week directly quotes Medieval chant melodies, setting them in rich choral textures to magnify their intrinsic power and spirituality.
Maximilian Steinberg (1883–1946) was the son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as a classmate of Stravinsky and a teacher of Shostakovich. Steinberg’s piece was composed in 1921-26, during the early years of the Soviet Period when artists still had some freedom of travel and programming. However, because of later conditions imposed by Soviets, this work was never performed.” (Read the rest and purchase tickets on Cappella’s site)