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sombre, resonant and moving russian choral music,
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This review is from: Rachmaninov Vespers (Audio CD)
I am a little reticent about offering a review of this CD and perhaps set my opinion alongside that of people who are more genuinely expert. Although a lifelong lover of classical music choral music has been a neglected area for me. As a teenager a Ukrainian friend used to play me scratchy old russian vinyl records of soviet georgian choirs that were deep and moving. I bought this CD because I wanted to revisit that experience again, and sure enough I found something that was sombre, resonant and moving. The ambience is just incredible, the 1960's recording quality does not detract but adds to the sense of moment and the male voices make a welsh miners choir sound like castratae! There are some higher female voices but personally, I would have preferred to have just the low voices - too late to suggest this to rachmaninov now!.
I'm really pleased to have this CD but it is about as heavy with soviet gravitas as it is possible to be, hardly upbeat!