Sergei Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil – Arranged for all-male choir by Gretchaninoff, Lazarev & Sheehan



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30 Μαρτίου 2024

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Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov:Vespers, Op. 37 (All-Night Vigil)


Evgeny Kachurovsky (Baritone)Alexis V. Lukianov (Octavist)Igor Morozov (Tenor)
PaTRAM Institute Male Choir (Χορωδία)
Ekaterina Antonenko (Μαέστρος)

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Serge Rachmaninoff, PaTRAM* Institute Male Choir invites you to experience the extraordinary beauty of his choral tour de force, the All-night Vigil, composed in 1915. The Vigil is a traditional Russian Orthodox evening worship service. Combining the offices of Vespers and Matins, it is celebrated on evenings in advance of Sundays and major feast days. Rachmaninoff’s setting of fifteen fixed texts appointed for Saturday evening services relies principally on traditional chant melodies. The ‘Rachmaninoff in the Holy Land’ project brought together experienced choristers from around the globe to unite as PaTRAM Institute Male Choir. The album was recorded in the Russian Orthodox Convent Monastery Church of the Ascension, set amidst an olive grove atop the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem. Inspired by Alexander Gretchaninoff’s arrangement of ‘Glory to God in the Highest’ (hymn 7), the Choir turned to adaptations by Dmitrii Lazarev and Benedict Sheehan for male voice choir of the remaining hymns. Lowering the key of many of the pieces (to fit better with male voices) allowed the eight bass octavists featured on the recording to give an exceptional depth to the Choir’s sound.


Gramophone Magazine April 2024

“The recorded sound favours the higher basses and lower tenors somewhat. However, the fervour of the singing cannot be faulted.