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Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil, 'Vespers' [CD]

Matthew Best Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZOP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Priidite poklonimsya- O come, let us worship
2. Blagoslovi, dushe moya- Bless the Lord, O my soul
3. Blazhen muzh- Blessed is the man
4. Svete tikhii- O gladsome light
5. Nyne otpushchaeshi- Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart
6. Bogoroditse Devo- Hail, O Virgin Mother of God
7. Shestopsalmie: Slava v Vyshnikh Bogu- Hexapsalmos: Glory to God in the Highest
8. Khvalite imya Gospodne(The Polieley)- Praise ye the name of the Lord
9. Blagosloven esi, Gospodi- Blessed art Thou, O Lord
10. Voskresenie Khristovo- We have seen the Resurrection
11. Velichit dusha moya- My soul doth magnify the Lord
12. Slavoslovie velikoe: Slava v Vyshnikh Bogu- Great Doxology: Glory to God in the Highest
13. Tropar: Dnse spasenie- Troparion: Today is salvation come
14. Tropar: Voskres iz groba- Troparion: Being risen from the tomb
15. Vzbrannoy voevode- O Victorious Leader

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Review

'Outstanding. A performance that is at once perceptive, sympathetic and finely sung' --Gramophone

BBC 'BUILDING A LIBRARY' BEST RECORDING . 'Rich and atmospheric, a blissfully unhurried reading' --BBC Music Magazine

'A most beautiful performance, very well sung and recorded in an atmospheric, reverberent setting' --The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

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Corydon Singers, dir. Matthew Best

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording I have heard 27 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The sound qualiy of this recording is superb, and the Corydon Singers' tone is perfect for this piece of music. It is a well balanced choir which sounds equally comfortable singing with power or restraint. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the sound is quite meaty and there is plenty of bass, but the choir resists the temptation to wallow around in the lower registers. Matthew Best's handling of the piece is spot on. Rachmaninov would have been proud.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual and moving 2 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Frankly speaking, when I bought this CD I did not expect much...being Russian I was very sceptical about how the English singers can sing Russian verses....but it is amazing! The beauty of the singing, the space of the sound, the richness of intonations, a combination of power and tenderness!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 10 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
Buy this. Without question, buy it. Why? In my time I have had four recordings of 'Vespers', one on LP (USSR Academic Russian Chorus, Melodiya) and three on CD (St Petersburg Chamber Choir / Korniev / Philips; National Academic Choir of Ukraine / Savchuk / Regis; Corydon Singers / Best / Hyperion). The old Melodiya LP set the standard and still does. Yet it is ironic that it should be a British choir (Corydon) that comes closest to beating that standard. Overall it is more polished than any of the competing recordings, more sensitive, more impassioned. Intonation is superb. The Regis recording is also good listening, but it suffers from poor intonation in places. I'd give first place to Hyperion and second place to Regis.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely close second-best 15 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful recording of a masterpiece, probably the greatest work of Rachmaninov and one of the outstanding musical works of the twentieth century. Before this recording appeared, there was a choice. On one side were linguistically idiomatic performances, generally bass-heavy, from Russian or Bulgarian choirs, who could cope with the language and provide the deep bass tone that was essential, but sometimes struggled in other registers. On the other side were Western choirs who struggled with the language and failed miserably to provide the weight of bass that the music demanded. The Soviet-bloc recording quality tended to be dire, the Western quality much better, but mainly with the result of exposing the inadequacies of the choirs: poor diction, or, more often, poor accent, combined with a fatal lack of weight in the bass register.

Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers definitively proved that this trade-off between a good recording, on the one hand, and a plausibly "Russian" performance, on the other, was not necessary. This has it all. Hyperion's recording quality is legendary and rightly so. The singing is not only musically excellent, but completely convincing in this repertoire, with a bass element that is magnificent, without being overwhelming. Even the Slavonic language sounds convincing.

This is an excellent performance and recording of the Vespers, which is invincibly superior to anything that preceded it. My own view is that it has itself now been surpassed, if only marginally, by the recording on Signum Classics, by the choir "Tenebrae" and Nigel Short. It has to be a subjective choice, though. I can't imagine being disappointed with either this Hyperion recording, or the rival Signum one. Between them, they should undoubtedly corner the market, because no other recording comes close to them.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound quality 20 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Not a Russian ensemble, but a good meaty sound, and a suitably warm acoustic with the appropriate amount of space, and a bass sound with which the composer would have been delighted.
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