July 23, 2020
The world-premiere recording of Alexander Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers, a First World War remembrance, is now available for pre-sale. On August 28, Naxos will release the album in its complete and revised, 17-movement version for orchestra, choir, and soloists. In its first week of sales, the recording reached No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list and was the No. 1 bestselling classical pre-order on iTunes. The album—which was recorded live in Washington’s National Cathedral on October 21, 2018, during a performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice—features the combined forces of the Cathedral Choral Society; two-time Grammy-nominated Clarion Choir (Steven Fox, artistic director of choirs); Saint Tikhon Choir; the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale (Charles Bruffy, artistic director); with soloists, soprano Anna Denis and bass-baritone Joseph Beutel, accompanied by the Grammy-winning Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin.