Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil - Vespers (2015)

Rachmaninov

London Symphony Orchestra

Simon Halsey

Hauntingly beautiful, All-Night Vigil is a cornerstone of the choral repertoire, its fifteen a cappella movements considered amongst the composer’s finest achievements. Composed in 1915, against a backdrop of political turmoil in Russia and the early throes of The First World War, the sense of spiritual transcendence in the work may be interpreted as the composer’s response to the chaos and suffering around him. While Rachmaninov was no conventional believer, the rituals and traditions of the Orthodox Church were an essential part of his cultural background, evident in his use of chants from the Russian Church as the basis for ten of the work’s fifteen sections. For the remaining five, Rachmaninov composed entirely new music, though these are so heavily influenced by tradition that it is near impossible to tell the difference.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

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Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil - Vespers (2015)

Rachmaninov

London Symphony Orchestra

    Audiophile Audition -

LSC enters the fray with a release of highly competitive value… a fine, balanced recording of no little emotional content… he (Simon Halsey) gives no quarter to some of the more famous names with hats already tossed in the ring…This one has a lot to offer Audiophile Audition

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    Gramophone

The London Symphony Chorus, under Simon Halsey, show not only evidence of great familiarity with the performing and recorded tradition of the work in terms of pacing and rhetoric, but also an injection of peculiarly British choral timbre, which brings a welcome and different perspective

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    Seen and Heard

There were so many magical moments

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    CD Choice Magazine

If you are among the Rachmaninov enthusiasts who love the work, it’s hard to imagine it given a better reading than that delivered by Halsey and his LSO forces.

    Russian Art and Culture

Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil is made up of 15 movements which form an all-night vigil service, celebrating the dawn of a new day. The London Symphony Chorus skilfully executed the technically difficult composition; the choir is divided into four voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) which are then often subdivided into two or even three parts. The bass ebbed and flowed like the unremitting cycle of waves on the beach, and the sopranos cut clearly over the top. The unrelenting power of the Russian chants were sensitively sung as all eyes are focussed on the conductor, who precisely directed the changes in dynamics of the composition. The performance inspired an appreciation of the everlasting cycle of time with a cohesive theme bringing together the contemporary and the traditional. The London Symphony Chorus and conductor, Simon Halsey, expertly realised Rachmaninov’s technical composition with energy and passion.

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Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil - Vespers (2015)

Rachmaninov

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes - Classic Sound Ltd.
Recording location: Barbican London, England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD128

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All-Night Vigil- Come, let us worship
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All-Night Vigil- Bless the Lord, O my soul
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All-Night Vigil- Blessed is the man
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All-Night Vigil- Gladsome Light
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All-Night Vigil- Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant
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All-Night Vigil- Rejoice, O Virgin
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All-Night Vigil- The Six Psalms - Glory be to God
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All-Night Vigil- Praise the Name of the Lord
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All-Night Vigil- Blessed art Thou, O Lord
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All-Night Vigil- Having beheld the resurrection of Christ
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All-Night Vigil- My soul doth magnify the Lord
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All-Night Vigil- Glory be to God on high
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All-Night Vigil- Troparion. Today hath salvation come
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All-Night Vigil- Troparion. Thou didst rise from the tomb
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All-Night Vigil- To Thee, the victorious leader
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