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RACHMANINOV, S.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (The) (Klava)

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue ODE1151-5
Label Ondine
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,January 2011

Despite being every bit as magical an a cappella Russian masterpiece as his Vespers, Rachmaninov’s Liturgy is not nearly as famous, so there are about half as many recordings currently available. This one may not be quite its best performance on record (I’d lean towards the Moscow Chamber Choir led by Vladimir Minin on an out-of-print Melodiya disc), but it’s certainly the best combination of authentically rich/deep vocal tone and spectacular sonics (with both clarity and fullness), and offers more precision without sacrificing much atmosphere. Minin’s is more prototypically darkly Russian, but the Latvians are no light-voiced English choir, and as a purely musical performance this surpasses that lustier 1988 Melodiya while being light years ahead

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Review By David Patrick Stearns,The Philadelphia Inquirer,November 2010

Rachmaninoff’s liturgical music is infrequently heard here, as deep, Slavic bass voices are all but mandatory, along with knowledge of the religious culture that inspired it. The Latvian Radio Choir has all the necessary vocal resources plus an elegance not often heard from Russian choirs.



Review By David Patrick Stearns,The Philadelphia Inquirer,November 2010

Rachmaninoff’s liturgical music is infrequently heard here, as deep, Slavic bass voices are all but mandatory, along with knowledge of the religious culture that inspired it. The Latvian Radio Choir has all the necessary vocal resources plus an elegance not often heard from Russian choirs.








 

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