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Rachmaninov Vespers

28 Nov 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: c 1999 EMI Records ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:00:40
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  • ASIN: B002NAZY42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,075 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lan D on 9 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Written in 1916 in the depths of his depression over what was happening to his beloved native Russia, Rachmaninoff poured his soul into this work.

And what a work it is! Mr. Cleobury and the boys of Kings College do a superb job of bringing its every mournful nuance to life. Better than any Russian version I've heard!

To have died and never to have experience this music would be sad indeed, for through its sadness there is a radiance which transcends and carries one away to blissful places then gently back again.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By mouldc@dine-online.demon.co.uk on 12 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I head that the choir of King's College Cambridge had recorded the Rachmaninov Vespers I was both surprised and somewhat dismissive. Not only the boy choristers, but how could young English undergraduates provide the sonorous underpinning required of the legendary Russian basses, I asked.
I don't know what Stephen Cleobury feeds his choral scholars these days, but there are some startlingly wonderful sounds on this disk. The basses in a truly Russian performance certainly have even more profundo depth, but you have to put up with all that wild warbling from the upper voices. The boys voices, together with the ethereal tones of the counter-tenors and sharply focussed regular tenors of the King's choir, produce a transparency of tone and intonation that is made for this music, being mostly chordal.
I was amazed when I walked into a friend's flat in paris last month and he said, listen to this. The almost eerie sounds wafted out of the room and down the Boulevarde Malesherbes. It didn't quite stop the traffic, but it stopped me in my tracks!
Buy this record now, you won't be disappointed!! The King's basses are amazing!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 10 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love this recording of the Vespers, of one of Rachmaninov's greatest works. The music is a powerful spiritual statement, full of deeply-felt emotion expressed through some of the 20th century's most beautiful choral music.

I know that some have questioned whether a non-Russian choir can do justice to this very Russian work. I think King's choir most certainly do. They are technically flawless with impeccable intonation and a fine blend of voices. The basses have a marvellously rich, resonant depth and the acoustic of King's Chapel brings out fabulous sonorities of this music perfectly. The choir may not be Russian, but their daily lives revolve around singing sacred music in divine services so they have a real engagement with the text and bring a genuine sense of spirituality to the whole work. This, combined with the fine musicianship and the sheer beauty of sound, makes this disc something really special.

In short, this is a disc of fabulously beautiful music, sung magnificently. It has given me enormous pleasure for many years and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Robie on 18 Dec 2010
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I think that although this is sacred music it was written in a form suitable for public performances outside the sacred arena. It is a great piece of music and this is a very good recording. I like the deep men's voices and the rythmic feel, it sounds wonderfully Russian!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this version of the 'Vespers' to replace a stolen CD some years ago, and it's a good recording, in the main - perfectly adequate. The basses tackle the demandingly low notes with aplomb, and the tempi are generally very good (apart from a very slow-paced 'Blagoslovi, dushe moya'). However, the choir doesn't sound Russian enough - for example, in 'Khvalite imya Gospodne' the ringing and repeated Alleluias don't have that characteristic Russian swallowed 'l' sound, and so it sounds terribly English. And I am prejudiced against boy trebles, but they sound awfully shrill, particularly in comparison to the mellifluous men's voices.

So, not bad, but not up to Chernushenko's recording with the Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Choir.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Pearce on 15 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of my most played CDs - the music is haunting, the production superb. Play with good quality equipment and the basses are stunning. I thought when purchasing this CD that no-one could come close to a Russian choir to do this work true justice.....but I have been proved wrong. Trinity College continue to excel.
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