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Rachmaninoff Vespers

Rachmaninoff Vespers

The recording was made live at the North Wales International Music Festival in conjunction with Boosey & Hawkes, Music Publishers Ltd. The roots of the Russian Orthodox Church are traceable back into the Third Century A.D. Whilst Western forms of Christianity continued to evolve, the Orthodox tradition has been preserved largely intact since the 11th Century, despite persecution of the Church under an intolerant Communist regime in Russia.

The music of the Russian Orthodox Church features vocal chants, the oldest of which is known as znamenny (from the Slavonic znamia meaning “sign”). The melody of this chant is extremely simple, and whilst other composers added their characteristic harmonic effects, Rachmaninoff consciously preserved the modal purity of the original in his setting of the Vespers.

a startling emotional range in their interpretation… a radiant meditation, a revelation of the subtlety of Rachmaninov’s music.

The Guardian
  • Release Date: 01 January 2005
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD054
  • Location of Recording: St Asaph Cathedral, Wales
  • Total Running Time: 01:00:18
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1Priidite, poklonimsya / Come, let us worshipSergei Rachmaninov02:13£ Listen
2Blagoslovi, dushe moya’, Gospoda / Bless the Lord, O my soulSergei Rachmaninov04:46£ Listen
3Blazhen muzh / Blessed is the manSergei Rachmaninov05:15£ Listen
4Svete tikhyi / Gladsome lightSergei Rachmaninov02:35£ Listen
5Nyne otpushchaeshi / Lord, now lettest thouSergei Rachmaninov03:11£ Listen
6Bogoroditse Devo / Rejoice, O VirginSergei Rachmaninov03:05£ Listen
7Shestopsalmie / The six PsalmsSergei Rachmaninov02:28£ Listen
8Khavalite imya Gospodne / Praise the name of the LordSergei Rachmaninov02:04£ Listen
9Blagosloven esi, Gospodi / Blessed art Thou, O LordSergei Rachmaninov05:35£ Listen
10Voskresenie Khristovo videvshe / Having beheld the resurrection of ChristSergei Rachmaninov02:57£ Listen
11Velichit dusha moya Gospoda / My soul magnifies the LordSergei Rachmaninov08:10£ Listen
12Slavoslovie velikoe / The Great DoxologySergei Rachmaninov07:06£ Listen
13Dnes’ spasenie / Today salvation has comeSergei Rachmaninov01:44£ Listen
14Voskres iz groba / Thou didst rise from the tombSergei Rachmaninov03:17£ Listen
15Vzbrannoy voyevode / To Thee, the victorious LeaderSergei Rachmaninov02:46£ Listen
16Tebe poyem / We praise theeSergei Rachmaninov03:02£ Listen

a startling emotional range in their interpretation… a radiant meditation, a revelation of the subtlety of Rachmaninov’s music.

The Guardian

Nigel Short and Tenebrae have just the right balance of control and passion, reverence and exuberance that makes for such a superb performance.

The Organ

The result is both intimate and powerfully atmospheric, shedding new and memorable light on what usually comes across as a massive choral spectacular.

Classic FM Magazine