Soul music from the Orthodox tradition, as Tenebrae perform Rachmaninov’s Vespers.
Passionate, serene, and rooted in a deep and heartfelt faith, Sergei Rachmaninov said that he loved his Vespers above all his other works. Written as an act of consolation in the depths of the First World War, grounded in ancient chants but clothed in all the lushness and fantasy of the late-Romantic, they gave their composer “an hour of the most complete satisfaction” – and every performance generates an unrepeatable atmosphere. Just a few days into the Orthodox new year, Tenebrae shine on this midwinter evening at St Martin-in-the-Fields: singing that will glow in the darkness.
Majestic interpretations – Choir and Organ
Rachmaninov – Vespers