Sergei Rachmaninoff Vespers: All-Night Vigil
Could the definitive recording of the best-loved of all Orthodox choral works come from an Anglican chapel choir? Delphian’s Paul Baxter thinks so.
The young King’s College London voices are bright, responsive and clear, and the recording is intentionally designed to bring out the bell-like phrases that ring through the whole piece. From the first second, the sound grabs you and holds you close: it’s punchy, and bold – a new presentation of music we all thought we knew.
In a recording to honour Rachmaninoff’s 150th anniversary, Joseph Fort and The Choir of King’s College London stake their claim to be among the finest choirs in the business.
1 Priidite, poklonimsya [1:44]
2 Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda [4:02]
3 Blazhen muzh [5:09]
4 Svete tikhy [2:25]
5 Nyne otpushchayeshi [2:51]
6 Bogoroditse Devo [2:39]
7 Slavosloviye maloye ‘Shestopsalmiye’ [2:27]
8 Khvalite imya Gospodne [1:58]
9 Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi [5:43]
10 Voskreseniye Khristovo videvshe [3:14]
11 Velichit dusha moya Gospoda [7:05]
12 Velikoye slavosloviye [7:20]
13 Tropar, Dnes spaseniye [1:42]
14 Tropar, Voskres iz groba [3:10]
15 Vzbrannoy voyevode [1:33]
Total playing time [53:10]