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Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): All-Night Vigil / WDR Radio Choir, Nicolas Fink

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (also known as "Vespers" or "The Great Evening and Morning Praise") is his last contribution to Russian Orthodox church music. The liturgical model for this work is a worship service which occurs the evening before sacred holidays and consists of a succession of prayers, readings and chants. In this composition for a cappella choir from 1915 Rachmaninoff was able to create a unity between the monophonic chants of the Orthodox Church and the musical ideas of the late romantic era. With its warm, majestic sound the work is considered a real showpiece for big choirs. Its profound emotional depth emerges prominently in this excellent recording by the WDR Radio Choir under Nicolas Fink.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kunststation St. Peter, Köln (06/24/2013-06/27/2016).


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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37
  • Conductor: Nicolas Fink
  • Ensemble: WDR Radio Choir
  • Notes: Kunststation St. Peter, Köln (06/24/2013-06/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Live