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Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil Op. 37 (Latvian Radio Choir/ Sigvards Klava) (Ondine: ODE 1206-5) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Latvian Radio Choir , Sergei Rachmaninov , Sigvards Kava Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sigvards Kava
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B009B4REYQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Beginning song: Come let us worshipLatvian Radio Choir 2:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Psalm 103 (104), "O praise the Lord"Latvian Radio Choir 6:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Blessed is the manLatvian Radio Choir 6:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": O Joyful LightLatvian Radio Choir 3:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Song of Simeon: Lord, now let your servant departLatvian Radio Choir 3:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria)Latvian Radio Choir 3:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Hexapsalms: Glory to God on highLatvian Radio Choir 2:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Psalm 134-135 (135-136), "O praise the name of the Lord"Latvian Radio Choir 2:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Glorifying song of the Resurrection: Teach me O lord in the way of truthLatvian Radio Choir 7:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Hymn of Resurrection: We have seen the resurrectionLatvian Radio Choir 2:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Magnificat: My soul proclaims the greatness of the LordLatvian Radio Choir 7:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Great Doxology: Glory be to God on highLatvian Radio Choir 8:30Album Only
Listen13. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Resurrection hymn (Troparion): This day of salvation has com to the worldLatvian Radio Choir 1:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Resurrection hymn (Troparion): When you had risenLatvian Radio Choir 3:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers": Thanksgiving hymn of Virgin Mary: O victorious leaderLatvian Radio Choir 1:34£0.59  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Product Description

This new release of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil follows several acclaimed releases from the Latvian Radio Choir under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sigvards Kava.

Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (ODE 1151-5) and the All-Night Vigil are two supreme examples of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition, featuring music of uplifting spiritual strength.

The All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that it can be described as "choral orchestration", demanding a wide vocal range from the singers.

The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. Their repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, but always focussing on exploring the capabilities of the voice and seeking to push its limits.

Sigvards Kava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia's most prolific choral conductors. He has conducted many premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

Review

One of the world's finest choral ensembles singing one of the 20th century's choral masterpieces; that is all you need to know. Under the masterly direction of Sigvards Klava, the Latvians display the barrel-chested Slavonic tonal resources Rachmaninov would have expected - sepulchral basses, soft-grained but strong sopranos, tenors who soar without strain - but also a precision alien to Russian choirs. 5* --Richard Morrison, The Times

This performance, by 'probably one of the finest choirs in the world today'… and its modern and refined sound, ensure for this disc a place amongst the most satisfying available. --William Hedley, International Record Review

The Latvian Radio Choir produce an exhilarating performance… There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic palette of vocal colours throughout with plenty of sonorous bloom for those celebrated deep bass notes. Praise also goes to the tenors, whose highest notes sound so effortlessly sweet and fluid, and to the upper voices, who bring out the tolling bells in the Nunc Dimittis most beautifully… This is a sublimely beautiful yet rapturous recording. --- Recording of the Month --Malcolm Riley, Gramophone

The range of dynamics, honoured by Ondine s first-rate production in Riga's Church of St John, is stunning: have the climaxes ever blazed quite like this?... a remarkable achievement --David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

The range of dynamics, honoured by Ondine s first-rate production in Riga's Church of St John, is stunning: have the climaxes ever blazed quite like this?... a remarkable achievement --David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully recorded, beautifully sung 18 May 2013
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Altogether a very nice record. I really must get an SACD player so that I can hear it in surround. The wonderful spacious recording seems to cry out for this sort of treatment. The choir sing wonderfully well, and some pieces such as The Great Doxology (Slavosloviye velikoye)get a wonderful luminous treatment.

Some pieces? Problem is, it is up against the greatest version of them all, the old Sveshnikov/RSFSR Academy Choir version of the 1960s. I've tried numerous versions, but none match the utter magnificence, the sonority of that old Melodiya recording. The greatest piece of all, the Nunc Dimittis (Nyne Otputschtschaeschi), where the basses sink to an astounding low B Flat, is, in this Latvian version, really quite flat in comparison, with none of the standing waves in the floor caused by Sveshnikov version. The gorgeous Ave Maria (Bogoroditze Dewo, raduisja) that follows it positively glows in the Sveshnikov version, but is rather limp in this version. Indeed, the Sveshnikov version has overall more impact, more drama. Perhaps I've loved the Sveshnikov version so long that I am no longer capable of impartial judgement.

Does this sound like damning with faint praise? I hope not. I would in no way discourage people from buying this recording, but I would encourage them also to obtain the old Sveshnikov recording - be prepared to kill for it, if necessary. As a public service, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWKA7i_JJ2M

http://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-Vespers-Op-37-Sveshnikov/dp/B000026CWL/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1368904048&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=rachmaninov+svsschnikov
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This would fail to hook the first-time listener 18 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I am on record, on this site, as suggesting that this piece is the supreme masterpiece of twentieth century music. I haven't changed my mind. It is very challenging, demanding excellent intonation and diction. Choirs without the ability to convince in the Russian Orthodox idiom will fail, while those able to sing well and clearly in the original language may lack the necessary tonal range. Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Russian performances have all been found wanting in the soprano register, while few (if any) western choirs, for many years, could approach the necessary depth of the Orthodox bass. That all changed with the Best / Corydon Singers (Hyperion), followed by Short / Tenebrae (Signum). I thought the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir joined the elite in 2008, although some seem to find that rendering a bit soulless. I'd happily recommend any of those. This one should be in the same league, but it really isn't. The singing is beautiful, the recording accomplished, possibly a bit fuzzy. I think that the diction falls short of the best; I can't always tell in which language anyone is singing, but that may be a shortcoming in the recording. The real problem, however, is that this performance manages to be excruciatingly dull. Rachmaninov composed this masterpiece astonishingly quickly, in 1915, to help in the war effort. Shouldn't that sense of urgency be reflected in the music? It usually is, even in those seventies Bulgarian recordings with all sorts of technical deficiencies. The programme notes are right to pick out "Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi" as the heart of the work, but I don't think I have ever heard a performance fail so dismally to convey that (and I have listened to plenty, over the years). It is just so slow. I haven't compared actually performance times. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work, superbly performed and recorded. 13 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this particular recording because of a recent glowing and enthusiastic review in 'Gramophone' magazine (online), plus sound clip. That reviewer was absolutely correct!
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The title of this work is sometimes given as “Vespers”, which is not only a mistranslation of the original Russian “Vsénoshchnoye Bdéniye” but also factually incorrect. The “All-Night Vigil” is a ceremony of the Orthodox Church, generally performed on the eve of a major festival, which does not literally last all night. (This work takes about an hour to perform). It gets its name because combines texts from the Orthodox canonical hour of Vespers with those for Matins, thus symbolically linking morning and еvеnіng.

This setting was composed by Rachmaninoff in 1915 and was originally performed at a concert in aid of the Russian war effort. After the Revolution of 1917, however, the work could not be performed in Russia, partly because of Soviet anti-religious policies and partly because Rachmaninoff, as an anti-Communist émigré, was persona non grata with the regime. The first recording was made in 1965 by the State Academic Russian Choir of the USSR, but this was only for the export market and was never made available for sale in the Soviet Union itself. Only since the fall of Communism have ordinary Russians been able to appreciate the work, and appreciation has also steadily grown in the West.

It is in many ways very different from Western church music, whether Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran, not least in the fact that it is (as required by Orthodox canon law) scored only for unaccompanied voices without instruments. All of its fifteen sections are settings of Orthodox liturgical texts.
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