Rachmaninoff: Vespers - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Rachmaninoff: Vespers - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff
Artist The National Academic Choir of Ukraine "Dumka"
Yevhen Savchuk conductor
The Russian State Symphony Capella
Valery Polyansky conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 6215
EAN code 5029365621526
Release April 2006

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Rachmaninoff was not a great churchgoer, and in fact had stopped going completely by the time he composed his Vespers, and his other great a cappella work, the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom op.31. Nevertheless, he retained a love for and interest in the ecclesiastical chant, and perhaps the most famous of these, the Dies irae, appears in his First Symphony and the late Symphonic Dances of 1940.

Rachmaninoff, like his great predecessor Tchaikovsky, was very critical of his own music, but he considered the Vespers and his choral symphony The Bells among his favourites. The Vespers had to wait until 1965 for the first recording due to the Soviet anti-religion stance. Even then it was released for export only.

Russian Orthodox Church music never fails to move and stir the emotions, whether one is religious or not. Rachmaninoff ’s Vespers, like many of his most popular works, does not disappoint in its emotional impact and sincerity.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2000.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Vespers, Op. 37: Come, Let Us Worship
  2. Vespers, Op. 37: Bless the Lord, O My Soul
  3. Vespers, Op. 37: Blessed Be the Man
  4. Vespers, Op. 37: O Serene Light
  5. Vespers, Op. 37: Now Let Thy Servant Depart
  6. Vespers, Op. 37: Rejoice, O Virgin
  7. Vespers, Op. 37: Glory to God in the Highest
  8. Vespers, Op. 37: Praise the Name of the Lord
  9. Vespers, Op. 37: Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
  10. Vespers, Op. 37: Having Seen the Resurrection of the Lord
  11. Vespers, Op. 37: My Soul Magnifies the Lord
  12. Vespers, Op. 37: Glory to God in the Highest
  13. Vespers, Op. 37: Troparia of the Day of Salvation
  14. Vespers, Op. 37: Christ is Risen from the Grave
  15. Vespers, Op. 37: Thanksgiving to the Mother of God

Disk 2

  1. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Great Ektenia
  2. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: First Antiphon
  3. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Second Antiphon
  4. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Third Antiphon
  5. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Entrance Hymn
  6. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Trisagion Hymn
  7. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Fervent Supplication
  8. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Cheruvimic Hymn
  9. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Ektenia of the Prothesis
  10. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Nicaean Creed

Disk 3

  1. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Anaphora
  2. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn of Praise
  3. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn to the Virgin
  4. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The Lord's Prayer
  5. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The Elevation
  6. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Communion Hymn
  7. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessing
  8. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn of Praise
  9. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Blessed Be His Name
  10. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Glory to the Father
  11. Sacred Concerto for 4-Part Unaccompanied Choir: O Mother of God Vigilantly Praying
  12. Sacred Concerto for 4-Part Unaccompanied Choir: Chorus of Spirits
  13. Sacred Concerto for 4-Part Unaccompanied Choir: Panteley the Healer