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RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers" (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Klava, Sigvards

Sigvards Klava


Texas All-State Women's Choir


St John's Church, Riga

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Total Time - 62:30
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RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers" (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)

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All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers"

1 Beginning song: Come let us worship 2:31
2 Psalm 103 (104), "O praise the Lord" 6:26
3 Blessed is the man 6:09
4 O Joyful Light 3:20
5 Song of Simeon: Lord, now let your servant depart 3:19
6 Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria) 3:07
7 Hexapsalms: Glory to God on high 2:33


8 Psalm 134-135 (135-136), "O praise the name of the Lord" 2:12


9 Glorifying song of the Resurrection: Teach me O lord in the way of truth 7:25
10 Hymn of Resurrection: We have seen the resurrection 2:58


11 Magnificat: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord 7:20


12 Great Doxology: Glory be to God on high 8:30
13 Resurrection hymn (Troparion): This day of salvation has com to the world 1:35


14 Resurrection hymn (Troparion): When you had risen 3:33


15 Thanksgiving hymn of Virgin Mary: O victorious leader 1:32
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
 Klava, Sigvards

This new release of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil follows several earlier releases featuring the acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sigvards Klava.
Inspired by the words, music and atmosphere of Russian Orthodox worship, Rachmaninov created with his Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (ODE 1151-5) and his All-Night Vigil two supreme examples of choral writing but also music of uplifting spiritual strength.
As instruments are being proscribed by Church law, the All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that could be described as "choral orchestration". Dividing the chorus often up into eight parts and requiring a wide vocal range of the singers, Rachmaninov was asked: "Where on earth are we going to find such basses? They are as rare as asparagus at Christmas." But Rachmaninov knew well that, in Russian choirs, asparagus is available all year round.
The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. The repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, and its main focus is on exploring the capabilities of the human voice and seeking to push its limits.
Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia’s most prolific choral conductors. Apart of the standard repertoire he has conducted most premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

"...This splendid baltic ensemble strikes a very happy medium between eastern and western choral approaches, delivering these milestone works not only with incredible warmth and richness of tone , but with striking technical precision, uncanny dynamic control, and subtlety of nuance... i have several recordings of this in super-audio sound, but none sound better to me than this one... Don’t hesitate."

Lindsay Koob - American Record Guide - November/December 2013


                       Recording of the Month - Editor’s Choice
    "...This is a sublimely beautiful yet rapturous recording."
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - February 2013 

"One of the world’s finest choral ensembles singing one of the 20th century’s choral masterpieces; that is all you need to know."
Richard Morrison - The Times -  17 November 2012

"...This performance, by ’probably one of the finest choirs in the world today’ ... and its modern and refined sound, ensure for this disc a place amongst tht most satisfying available."
William Hedley - International Record Review - December 2012

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