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Sergei Rachmaninov: "The hymns of the all night Vigil" (op.37)

by Kyiv Chamber Choir

They say it is the best performance of Rachmaninov's vespers recorded on CD. For a long time kept silent but not forgotten the hymns of the all-night Vigil does not stop to amaze everyone.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. O Come Let Us Worship
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2. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
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3. Blessed Is the Man
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4. O Gentle Radiance
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5. Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart
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6. O Theotokos and Virgin, Rejoice! (Ave Maria)
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7. Glory to God in the Highest
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8. Praise Ye the Name of the Lord
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9. Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
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10. We Have Seen the Resurrection of the Lord
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11. My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
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12. The Great Doxology
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13. Troparion Day of Salvation”
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14. Troparion “ Resurrection From the Grave”
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15. The Chosen One. The Mother of God
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Origen Music presents the best European chamber choir and one of the best performance of Rachmaninov's vespers recorded on CD.
The Kyiv camber choir major awards include:
Golden Diploma on the First Robert Schummann Competition in Zwikkau (Germany, 1992)
First Award at the Twelfth International Church Music Festival in Hajnуwka (Poland, 1993)
Grand Prix at the Sixth International Choral Festival in Sligo (Ireland, 1993)
First Award at Langolen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales, 1994)
Grand Prix at the XX International Church Music Festival in Hajnуwka (Poland, 1996, 2001)

About the CD.
Within the many creations and musical cultures of Sergei Rachmaninov “ The hymns of the all-night Vigil” for mixed choir has a specific niche. For a long time kept silent but not forgotten the hymns all-night Vigil was created for concert performance but still retaining its deep spiritual form. Even now this work does not stop to amaze everyone through its harmony from which the ethos of its author remains untouched.
From the fifteen hymns of the all-night Vigil at least nine hymns trace their roots in its original surroundings. The young Sergei Rachmaniniv diligently and carefully mastered Greek and Kievan chants as collected by Stepan Smolenskij, an eminent church leader, to whom the hymns of the all-night Vigil is dedicated to.
Close to Rachmaninov’s hymns of the all-night vigil one finds the vigorous appropriation of Orthodox tradition. Amongst these traditions, and for the formation of his composing style Sergei Rachmaniniv’s directional and significant agent was his own hearing experiences and the sensations of his life. The “verse” doubling melodies of the hymns of the all-night Vigil, the change in the number of voices, uneven lines, solo parts pour out the “hearing” of its choral song as derived from live practice and clerical singing sung not by the reading of musical notes but as lead by the conductor. Such singing Sergei Rachmaninov could hear every Sunday by arising at seven in the morning and attending the liturgy. This tradition united and gravitated Rachmaninov to the monumentality of the operatic choral stage of Hlinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin and to the orchestral invitations of Tchaikovsky and choral findings of Taneev which formed the foundations of the hymns of the all-night Vigil. But above all the mighty compositional individuality and never repeating “Rachmaninov’s notes” brought about an astonished outcry and proclamation that “Rachmaninov’s talent is blossoming quickly as is sincerity of his music which impresses …”
The premier of the ‘hymns of the all-night Vigil” took place on the 10th of march 1915 in Moscow in the Great Hall of Noble Gethering. The Synod Choir sang under the direction of M.Danilina. Immediately after the score was published.
This recording by the Kyiv Chamber Choir under the leadership of the merited artist of Ukraine Mykola Hobdich will dazzle and uphold the vitality, and thus the genious of Sergei Rachmaninov’s creations.
Kyiv Chamber Choir was formed in December 1990 from professional graduate singers from Conservatoires and musical Universities of Ukraine.
The Choir's Choral conductor – Mykola Hobdych attained his musical education from the Kyivan Conservatoire of P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Choir has presented 26 compact discs to the world recording national folk music, religious scores and music by foreign composers, many of which being recorded for the first time.



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Fasten your seatbelts!
We had few expectations for this recording, having heard several versions which failed to intimate the possibilities of these compositions.
The Kyiv Chamber Choir, however, truly elevates Rachmaninov's music to incomparable heights. The Kyiv's sensitivity, balance, and breath-taking talent make this recording a transcendent emotional experience. We literally gasped out loud at some of the expressive and surprising harmonies, and the amazingly virtuosic textures. We sat in stunned silence at the end of the 67 minute concert, and dried our eyes.
Naturally, one has to give some credit to Rachmaninov, himself, for the extreme mastery of vocal composition demonstrated in these pieces. But the Kyiv here creates an aesthetic spiritual world of lush and yearning beauty, filled with sublime peace and heart-rending drama.
Superlatives fail to describe the marriage of these voices with these compositions.


Only one word is needed to describe this recording--OUTSTANDING!!!