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Rachmaninov Vespers and Complete All-Night Vigil [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2008)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B001716ISY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vespers, Op. 37: no 1, Come let us worship
2. Vespers, Op. 37: no 2, Bless the Lord, o my soul
3. Vespers, Op. 37: no 3, Blessed is the man
4. Vespers, Op. 37: no 4, Peaceful light
5. Vespers, Op. 37: no 5, Now lettest thou thy servant
6. Vespers, Op. 37: no 6, Hail, Virgin, Mother of God
7. Vespers, Op. 37: no 7, Glory be to God on high 'Hexapsalm'
8. Vespers, Op. 37: no 8, Praise the name of the Lord
9. Vespers, Op. 37: no 9, Blessed are Thou, O Lord
10. Vespers, Op. 37: no 10, Having beheld the Resurrection
11. Vespers, Op. 37: no 11, My soul magnifies the Lord
12. Vespers, Op. 37: no 12, Glory to God in the highest
13. Vespers, Op. 37: no 13, Today salvation is come
14. Vespers, Op. 37: no 14, Thou didst rise from the thomb
15. Vespers, Op. 37: no 15, Hymn to the Mother of God

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SACD Estonian Phil.Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to hear 14 Feb 2009
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When Rachmaninov first played the Nunc Dimittis to the conductor in preparation for the first performance, Danilin was doubtful about the range required for the basses, wondering where such singers could be found. Rachmaninov had no doubts: "I knew the voices of my countrymen". The Estonian Chamber Choir do full justice to the composer's confidence, maintaining their immaculate reputation with this performance. They sing smoothly, with heartfelt emotion. The sound is rich and satisfying: one not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Promise 22 Jun 2011
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What profoundly mystical music is offered by the Rachmaninov All Night Vigil. This recording is simply sublime.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glowing Warm Choir 20 Jan 2010
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Beautiful songs in a nearly medieval, Russian tradition by Rachmnaninov performed by a well hiden secret from the Baltics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous and uplifting 9 Nov 2009
By Jim Rickman - Published on Amazon.com
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This offering by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is the most beautiful interpretation of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" I have ever heard. Indeed, this work, also known as "Vespers", was one of Rachmaninoff's two favorite works, along with "The Bells", and it was the fifth movement of "All-Night Vigil" Rachmaninoff requested to have sung at his funeral. Up until I heard this recording, the version performed by Robert Shaw and his Festival Singers had been the one I always went back to when wanting to listen to this profound work by Rachmaninoff. This recording is more luminous, brighter, and flowing than is Shaw's interpretation. In addition, the soloists are noticeably in better voice. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir plumb the depths of "All-Night Vigil" and I highly recommend sending this recording as a gift to your Russian Orthodox and all music-loving friends. Rachmaninoff exploited the depths of the dark Russian basses, and in the fifth movement, you are treated to one of the most magnificent magical deep sounds in vocal music. I suggest finding a quiet time, lying back in a dark room, and allow the sounds of "All-Night Vigil" to fill the air -- I guarantee you will feel closer to the soul of our world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Word....Beautiful 27 Feb 2010
By Franco Quiros Ramirez - Published on Amazon.com
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The job performed by Paul Hiller is both stunning and excellent! The Estonian Phillarmonic Choir from my own perception is unique in this recording especially because it has within its basses Vladimir Miller whom I myself admire and does great job in the bass section but lets not forget the other voices, the alto soloist was wonderfull when I first heard it. Her control and sound was excellent and the tenor well he is good but I didn't like his solo as much as I liked the solo that Konstantin Ognevoy made in the Vespers recording of 1965 but but above all this he made a good job.
I have listen to most recordings of the All Night Vigil, the version under Alexander Sveshnikov with the State Russian Choir(1965), under Valery Polianski with Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir(1986, you can here a young but still resonant Yuri Wichniakov), Robert Shaw Festival Singers version and this one are by far my favorite recordings of this well speechless work.
If happen to buy this recording do not hesitate and share it. As the last reviewer said. Listen to it so you can be more close to soul of the world!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 26 Sep 2010
By DAH - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a recording of Vespers on my local classical radio station. Loved it...it was by the Robert Shaw. Then I read Amazon reviews of three different recordings; this recording was the most highly rated. Reviewers were right, thank you amazon, the recording is fabulous. Perhaps it is due to a musical tradition of harmony in Estonia and that area, but it is a better recording, imo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vespermania 13 Nov 2012
By Michael Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing recording of Rachmaninov's choral work. I have The Robert Shaw Chorale recoring as well, and they are as different as chalk and cheese (I like both).

The Shaw treatment is ethereal, otherworldly and gorgeous. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chorale's approach is electrifying and powerful.

The EPCC recording captures the movement of the different voices in the ensemble, whereas in the Robert Shaw version, the blending of the parts results in a sweet, rich timbre.

EPCC varies the rhythms and attack so one can hear the beauty and passion inherent in the language. The Robert shaw version draws out each phrase and seems to focus on each note in the piece.

I have listened to this SACD countless times and it always gives me joy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninov Vespers & All Night Vigil 6 Jun 2011
By JoyD. - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD by the Estonian Chamber Choir is absolutely what I had hoped for - beautiful, serene, spiritual and uplifting. I had another CD of the same music by a choir from Finland and didn't really like it. It wasn't nearly as melodic as this choir. This group is just superb.
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