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  Rachmaninov: Vespers etc. - Brych
  Rachmaninov: Vespers Op. 37, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Op. 31 (parts 6, 8, 12)

Prague Philharmonic Choir
Jaroslav Brych
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  Classical - Vocal
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Reviews: 2

Review by Beagle October 28, 2004 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This Vepres was part of my first handful of SACD purchases; I adore my 1965 Chant du Monde/Melodia CD recording (USSR Chamber Choir) and figured a SACD rendition would be a real crowd-pleaser.

No way. Who would guess this is SACD? The choir and space look big on the cover, but the sound is SMALL and barely stereo. Dead venue? Bad miking? --Maybe overly-cautious engineers? (I find the Praga SACD of Prazak Qtt playing Beethoven opp 74, 95 somewhat "in your face", compared to the ASV Lindsay Qtt playing 130, 133.)

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Review by mwagner1962 May 14, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I am going to have to agree partially with the previous review. I do not find the sonics to be too bad, but I am going to dump on this one for one single reason.....where are the earth shattering basso profundo's????

I mean, come on. When I listen to this piece, I want my teeth vibrating in my head when the basses get cranking. I heard "Vespers" live a few years ago here in Austin when a group from St. Petersburg performed. I swear, the rafters were vibrating with almost sub harmonic tones.

I am going to pick one single track to show...Track #5 (Cantique de Simeon) the last part, the basses descend to truly Stygian depths, a pedal Bb (or 2.5 ledger lines) beneath the bass clef on this SACD, they simply disappear. Even on Rostropovitch's rather yucky Erato redbook the basses let it rip.

As for sound, I do not have the issues that the previous reviewer has. While the sonics are not stunning, neither are they dismal. Some of the louder sections get a little edgy with the sopranos, but overall, sonics are good overall.

I am going to soon order the PentaTone SACD of the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir (I am not sure if the group I heard locally is the same group or not) so it will be fun to compare performances, especially in the basso profundo section!!!!!

My $.02!!!!

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Works: 2  

Sergei Rachmaninov - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31
Sergei Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37