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RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers" / In our Prayers, Ever-vigilant Mother of God (Netherlands Radio Choir, K. Putnins)

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergey
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue BIS-2039
Label BIS
Quality   320kbps


Review By Blair Sanderson,,June 2014

This vibrant performance of the All-Night Vigil by Kaspars Putnins and the Netherlands Radio Choir reveals the inner layers of Rachmaninov’s divisi part writing, and BIS’ multichannel recording and DSD processing give a transparent but resonant presentation of the choir in the acoustically responsive studio space. The closing selection, The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer (1893), and this tender Marian hymn reflects a more traditional style of Orthodox chant, though even here, Rachmaninov employs subtle counterpoint and richer harmonies than would have been expected in standard liturgical usage. © 2014 Read complete review

Review By Steven Ritter,Audiophile Audition,May 2014

Recently I gave five thumbs-up to the Latvian Radio Choir’s performance of this demanding and much-loved work, one which has suffered brilliant and terrible performances over the years, and also gets pegged into the idea that only Slavic singers can properly do justice to the work—which is nonsense.

Then along comes the Netherlands Radio Choir to add their own take to this work, equally as adept and finely-honed, not to say big-boned—which it is—that proves the point.

This is a wide, beautifully paced recording that does full justice to the surround sound concept, using the basses to full effect and a wonderful sense of spatiality and depth that is so lacking on many standard stereo issues.



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