Rachmaninov - Vespers (All-Night Vigil) | Genuin GEN17476

Rachmaninov - Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

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Label: Genuin

Cat No: GEN17476

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th June 2017

Contents

Artists

Klaudia Zeiner (alto)
Falk Hoffmann (tenor)
MDR Rundunkchor

Conductor

Risto Joost

Works

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Vespers (All-Night Vigil), op.37

Artists

Klaudia Zeiner (alto)
Falk Hoffmann (tenor)
MDR Rundunkchor

Conductor

Risto Joost

About

Sergei Rachmaninov was a gifted composer not only for his own instrument, the piano, as is abundantly clear in this new Genuin release featuring Leipzig’s MDR Chorus. The elite choir is already presenting its second recording of Rachmaninov’s “Great Evening and Morning Praise” to replace their award-winning 2002 version. Choir director Risto Joost himself engaged several Latvian basses for the project, whose exceptionally dark timbre wonderfully enhances the warm and breathtakingly beautiful sound of the choir. A magnificent recording of a magnificent work!

Reviews

Joost paces the work very well indeed, understanding that there is a dramatic arc which it is imperative to transmit, so that the work is not merely a sequence of isolated events, though there are individual moments that particularly stand out, such as the crescendo of the final section of ‘Svete tikhi’ or the bouncing final section of ‘Blagosloven esi Gospodi’. He takes a risk with the slow speeds he chooses for ‘Bogoroditse Devo’ and the ‘Shestopsalmie’ but it pays off, because the tension never lets up, the line is never lost.  Ivan Moody
Gramophone September 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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