Art and Faith

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

But I Love You, Nevertheless. Dmitri Khvorostovsky

Filed under: art music,domestic,early modern,fine art,human study,Russian,vocal — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here is another old Russian romance sung by Dmitri Khvorostovsky, with an accompaniment of Russian Impressionist paintings by Viktor Borisov-Musatov.

Visions of Divinity. Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (music by Paul Hillier)



Now… for something entirely different, as John Cleese would say!┬áThe Russian religious art of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin is matched with… a pre-Second Great Awakening American hymn! Unlike the vacuous and vapid music currently in use amongst Evangelical Protestants, there was a vigorous church music tradition growing in America prior to 1800. It was destroyed by the Second Great Awakening, which was, in actuality, a Second Reformation founding an entirely new non-Christian faith (I would say it is closer to Gnosticism than anything else). Music and texts quite similar to our own in Russia were replaced by treacly sentimentality and empty emotion expressing the non-credo of this new faith. I lament for a lost tradition (it exists today only in isolated pockets in the rural South, were it is known as “Sacred Harp” or “Shaped-note” singing).┬áDeacon Andrei Kuraev spoke truly when he said that “Orthodoxy is fine music made in the conservatoire, whilst (Evangelical) Protestantism is low music made in the honky-tonk bars”. Amen!


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Nikolai Sverchkov. At the Winter Hunting Lodge

Filed under: 19th century,fine art,human study,rural scene,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00


At the Winter Hunting Lodge (Nikolai Sverchkov, 1891)

What are these fellows up to? Hmm… I think that the activities would be familiar to a modern hunter. Why, they are going to play cards, cuss, tell outrageous lies, and drink hard likker out of a tin cup… I told you that hunters have NOT changed over the years (Thank God!).

Peasant Kids (Music by Boris Grebeshnikov)

The paintings of village children by the Peredvizniki artist Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky are paired with a folk-tinged song by Boris Grebeshnikov.

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