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  Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil - Paul Hillier
  Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (Vespers & Matins Op. 37)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Paul Hillier
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  Total time: 53:56
  Classical - Vocal
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Review by jlaurson October 10, 2007 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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In short: This is a magnificently enchanting recording (no pun intended) of the Vespers that immediately draws the listener in. The detailed and beautiful singing as well as the style in which Rachmaninov composed his Vespers remind of Russian music from before his time - with plenty of Orthodox frankincense thrown into the mix. There is also a bit of Taneyev's psalm setting that peeks through. I know that other choral recordings - like the Bolcom songs - are up for the slightly more prestigious Grammy Awards, but for what it is worth, this was my choral recording of the year 2005. Stunning... and so very different from what people might usually expect from Rachmaninov.

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Sergei Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37