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Rachmaninov: All-Night vigil (Vespers), Op. 37; The Theotokos / Netherland Radio Choir

> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Beginning song: Come let us worship
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Psalm 103 (104), "O praise the Lord"
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Blessed is the man
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - O Joyful Light
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Song of Simeon: Lord, now let your servant depart
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria)
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Hexapsalms: Glory to God on high
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Psalm 134-135 (135-136), "O praise the name of the Lord"
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Glorifying song of the Resurrection: Teach me O lord in the way of truth
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Hymn of Resurrection: We have seen the resurrection
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Magnificat: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Great Doxology: Glory be to God on high
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Resurrection hymn (Troparion): This day of salvation has come to the world
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Resurrection hymn (Troparion): When you had risen
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Thanksgiving hymn of Virgin Mary: O victorious leader
> V molitvakh neusipayushchuyu bogoroditsu (In our Prayers, Ever-vigilant Mother of God) - V molitvakh neusipayushchuyu bogoroditsu (In our Prayers, Ever-vigilant Mother of God)

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : O Mother of God vigilantly praying (Sacred concerto), motet for chorus, TN ii/61
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The rituals and traditions of the Orthodox Church formed an essential part of Sergei Rachmaninov's musical and cultural background. As a young boy in St Petersburg he'd accompany his grandmother to the city's churches, later remarking: 'I took less interest in God and religious worship than in the singing, which was of unrivalled beauty, especially in the cathedrals.' Phrases reminiscent of liturgical chant appear in Rachmaninov's music from the First Symphony of 1895 to the Symphonic Dances of 1940, and from the time of its first performance in 1915, his 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 was also the composer's own favorite among all his works. Often referred to as 'Rachmaninov's Vespers', its fifteen movements in fact make up an All-night Vigil service, consisting of not only the Vespers, but also the liturgical offices of Matins, Lauds and Prime. When composing it, Rachmaninov carefully observed the general principles of Orthodox church music, but seems to have realized that the practical difficulties of his Vigil made liturgical performances unlikely. The choral writing makes huge demands on even the most skilled choirs: in the course of the work Rachmaninov shows astonishing resource in exploiting every possibility offered by changes of texture, timbre, register and weight. It is here performed by the highly regarded Netherlands Radio Choir, one of the largest and most versatile professional choirs in the world, conducted by Kaspars Putnin. As a coupling they 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.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2014
The choir] is clearly a highly flexible instrument...Rachmaninov places great demands on even the most skilled singers...challenges which the Dutch singers pass with audible ease...The brief solos are full of supplication, rich and varied in tone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio MCO5, Hilversum, The Netherlands (10/2012/11/2012).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Matthew Minter; Gert-Jan Alders (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 49 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : O Mother of God vigilantly praying (Sacred concerto), motet for chorus, TN ii/61
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893