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Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil / Jermihov, Gloriae Dei Cantores

Release Date: 03/03/2017 
Label:  Paraclete Recordings   Catalog #: 63  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mariya BerezovskaDmitry Ivanchenko
Conductor:  Peter Jermihov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This new recording has the essential sound of the Russian choirs, with their bass-centered sonority, and tempos which allow the music to unfold in the measured pace of a devotional service. Better yet, the text-based spiritual approach to the music...stirs at least as deeply as [the] ...Russian recordings. While referring to the texts, you will have the pleasure of seeing the gorgeously illustrated booklet, with a background on each hymn and photographs of Russian churches, countryside and icons. The result is one of the very finest recordings this work has ever received."
—Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare

"A landmark recording, one that is destined to become the new standard for this work. And if you don't
Read more know the Rachmaninoff "All-Night Vigil " yet, THIS is the recording you should get to begin your acquaintance. You will have to wait a long time before something better comes along!"
—Vladimir Morosan, Musica Russica

"We are invited to lift our spirits through a deeply inspired performance of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil. This performance rings with devotional majesty . . . The stunning surround sound comes to us through the combined efforts of Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin."
—Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition
"Recording of the Month... A splendid achievement." - Music Web International

"An exemplary performance... a superlative recording... beyond glorious." - The Buffalo News

Gloriae Dei Cantores releases All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, conducted by Peter Jermihov (internationally recognized specialist in Russian and Orthodox Liturgical music). Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil is made up of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony. Critics praised the work as Rachmaninoff’s finest achievement and “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.” It was also one of the composer’s favorite compositions, and the fifth movement was sung at his funeral. Gloriae Dei Cantores is joined by members of the St. Romanos Cappella, The Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and The Washington Master Chorale. Protodeacon under the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vadim Gan, sings the clergy exclamations as well as Dmitry Ivanchenko. Soloists, Dmitry Ivanchenko and Mariya Berezovska, from the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev, join the choir of 77 singers for this landmark collaboration and recording.

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Works on This Recording

Vespers, Op. 37 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mariya Berezovska (Alto), Dmitry Ivanchenko (Tenor)
Conductor:  Peter Jermihov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Russia 

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