One of the best performances I’ve ever heard of Mozart’s Requiem was that recorded by the renowned Boys Choir of Moscow State Choir College of Sveshnikov in 1987. It’s stunningly beautiful, I was thrilled to discover it had been posted to YouTube and will posting it as a playlist next Sunday. The documentary was filmed in 1990 one year before the Sveshnikov College became the Academy of Choral Arts. It’s a surprisingly open look at the life of the choir and how the boys were (and still are) trained. They work hard and are worked hard by their teachers, with spectacular results – there’s an unforgettable treatment of "Deep River". The documentary focusses on the teaching by Professor Popov and includes discussions and examples of the distinctive "Russian Choral Sound" and of the roots of much Russian choral music in religious music with some truly memorable examples of beautiful singing. You’ll find the video below the fold – just under an hour of wonderful singing and information. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy :-).
Video Source: Voices of the heart – Boys Choir of Moscow State Choir College (MGHU) of Sveshnikov (1990) – YouTube Uploaded by amservices on Jan 8, 2012