Conductor: Matthew Hamilton
Rachmaninov’s legendary choral masterpiece the all night vigil, a setting of the Russian orthodox liturgy for the All-night vigil, a combination of vespers, compline and first hour used the night before Sundays and major liturgical feasts. Written in 1915 the work was an immediate favourite, including with the composer, who requested the fifth movement to be sung at his funeral. The range required of the choir is exceptional, including the famous low B♭ in the third bass.
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A capella, Matthew Hamilton, Russian music, Sergei Rachmaninov
Venue: Reading Minster