Rachmaninov - Vespers | BIS BIS2039

Rachmaninov - Vespers


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2039

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st March 2014



Netherlands Radio Choir


Kaspars Putnins


Rachmaninov, Sergei

The Theotokos
Vespers (All-Night Vigil), op.37


Netherlands Radio Choir


Kaspars Putnins


All-Night Vigil has been recognised as a supreme achievement in the music of the Russian Orthodox Church. Together with the choral symphony 'The Bells', it is one of Rachmaninov’s favourite compositions.

As a coupling, the Netherlands Radio Choir have chosen to record one of Rachmaninov's earliest works, composed in 1893 and unpublished in his lifetime. The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer is a hymn to the Virgin – ‘the one who gives birth to God’ – and clearly aims to exploit the skill of a first-class choir, with its varied textures, tempos and wide range of dynamics.

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