This is a sublime example of Russian choral singing, with Bortiansky's # 7 done the way the composer no doubt intended it.
November 20, 2013, the day of his birth, His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill along with a host of bishops and clergy of the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jehPIM_GTjc
Eis polla eti Despota! Mnohaja Lita, Vladyko!
For better or worse, the Church is something else - obviously pictures of this church and its style were known across east Europe in the magazines and prayerbooks circulated in the late 19th century as the immigrants from Russia, Austria Hungary and Poland who were either Orthodox or Greek Catholic 'aped' that style when building their earliest churches in America and Canada. Many of our babas had lithographic prints of the icons from this Church in their homes in ornate frames as well. I know that the purists, and they are correct, will tell us that the style is 'wrong' ,but it is what is is and I make no apologies for being attracted to it based on my own life's experiences. Would I agree to decorate a new church this way today? Of course not, but neither would I be a latter day style iconoclast and tear it all out.