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Russian pronunciation guide for "Bogoroditse Devo"?

We are planning to perform Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo" ("Rejoice, O Virgin").  Does anyone have a reliable Russian pronunciation guide?  Thanks in advance!
Michael Dell
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on September 30, 2010 4:15am
Am I right in thinking that the piece is not actually in Russian? Usually these religious pieces are in something called Old Church Slavonic.
on September 30, 2010 4:40am
They have great diction recordings.  I have used the Bogorditse Devo one and it it is excellent.
All the best
Mark Williams
Choral Director
Pequea Valley HS
on September 30, 2010 6:08am
The pronounciation guide provided with the Musica Russica edition of the work (which the guide might be on the website) is wonderful. The work is actually in Church Slavonic, not pure Russian, so there are a few differences in pronunciation.
on September 30, 2010 6:10am
Contact the Russian chamber chorus of NY. Contact thru
on January 23, 2011 11:50am
We are also learning this piece in our choir and we are lucky enough to have somebody russian with us. He did a MP3 file with the russian pronunciation.
Unfortunately I did not succeed to upload it with this message.
If you are still interested I can send it to you by mail. I also have a PDF file with the phonetic pronunciation.
on January 23, 2011 2:33pm
Just keep in mind, as others have noted, the text is *not* Russian but Church Slavonic. Sometimes modern Russian speakers don't understand that, and pronounce it the way they would speak it. When singing in Church Slavonic, the vowels are all pure, not modified by stress the way they are in speech. The word that is transliterated as "tvoego" would be pronounced "tvoyeVo" by a modern speaker, but in the church language it retains the hard G sound. Modern speakers may argue with this, so be warned!
Jeff DeMarco
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