of Tchaikovsky and a mentor
to Rachmaninov, becoming
director of the Moscow
Synodal School until the Bolshevik
regime banned all sacred music,
including the extraordinary Requiem for
Fallen Brothers which consequently
lay forgotten for over a century. The Requiem is a rich and varied mosaic that honours those who perished in the First World War, poignantly combining Orthodox and Gregorian chant with hymns from the allied nations, even including Rock of Ages. This unprecedented and peerless monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice was acclaimed on its 1917 premiere as a ‘uniquely Russian requiem that… gave musical voice to the tears of many nations’.