In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Rachmaninov Vespers

Song NameComposer
Vosstanite...Slava svyateiSergey Rachmaninov
Priidite, poklonimsyaSergey Rachmaninov
Blagoslovi, dushe moya', GospodaSergey Rachmaninov
Blazhen muzhSergey Rachmaninov
Svete tikhiiSergey Rachmaninov
Nyne otpushchaeshiSergey Rachmaninov
Bogoroditse DevoSergey Rachmaninov
ShestopsalmieSergey Rachmaninov
Khvalite imya GospodneSergey Rachmaninov
Blagosloven esi, GospodiSergey Rachmaninov
Voskresenie Khristovo videvsheSergey Rachmaninov
Velichit dusha moya GospodaSergey Rachmaninov
Slavoslovie velikoeSergey Rachmaninov
Tropar': Dnes' spasenieSergey Rachmaninov
Tropa': Voskres iz grobaSergey Rachmaninov
Vzbrannoi voevodeSergey Rachmaninov

Directed by Stephen Cleobury

There are of course many fine versions of Rachmaninov's Vespers with mixed-voice choirs, both within the Russian tradition (for which the work was written) and outside it. This is the first to feature a choir of boys' and men's voices only. The result, whose point of departure was a particularly fine crop of low basses at King's that year, blends one of the finest choirs in the English choral tradition with some of the finest music from the Russian tradition. Furthermore, the beautiful acoustics of King's College Chapel are ideal for this repertoire, since they are not unlike those of a Russian Orthodox cathedral. This disc also breaks new ground in that the recording was originally made in surround sound. Though release in that format awaits further developments in domestic audio technology, the listener should already derive some benefit in the enhanced stereo sound of the present CD.

Item code: 7748C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Male | England