Choir of Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic, Violetta Bielecka Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil, Op. 37 Vespers

Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers"

Choir of Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic, Violetta Bielecka

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on May 18, 2018 by DUX

Main artist: Violetta Bielecka

Genre: Classical > Sacred Vocal Music

Distinctions: 5 de Diapason (July 2018)

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Album : 1 disk - 15 tracks Total length : 00:55:02

    All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers" (Sergei Rachmaninov)
  1. 1 Beginning song: Come let us worship

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  2. 2 Psalm 103 (104), "O praise the Lord"

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  3. 3 Blessed is the man

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  4. 4 O Joyful Light

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  5. 5 Song of Simeon: Lord, now let your servant depart

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  6. 6 Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria)

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  7. 7 Hexapsalms: Glory to God on high

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  8. 8 Psalm 134-135 (135-136), "O praise the name of the Lord"

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  9. 9 Glorifying song of the Resurrection: Teach me O lord in the way of truth

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  10. 10 Hymn of Resurrection: We have seen the resurrection

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  11. 11 Magnificat: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  12. 12 Great Doxology: Glory be to God on high

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  13. 13 Resurrection hymn (Troparion): This day of salvation has come to the world

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  14. 14 Resurrection hymn (Troparion): When you had risen

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

  15. 15 Thanksgiving hymn of Virgin Mary: O victorious leader

    Agnieszka Rehlis, Mezzo-Soprano - Rafał Bartmiński, Tenor - Krzysztof Drugow, Bass - Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Violetta Bielecka, Conductor - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer Copyright : (C) 2018 DUX (P) 2018 DUX

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One might well say: this is just yet another recording of Rachmaninov's Vespers. And while, objectively, that's what this is, it’s also a reading which differs markedly from the norm – the norm in question being to drown the discourse in an intense reverberation, natural or artificial, and to record it at a distance, to create a "churchy" feel. None of that here: the choir – exemplary, superb – of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Poland, an institution based in Białystok, is recorded here quite close up, almost intimately, with no added reverb and in a comfortable acoustic location: the European Art Centre in Białystok. The result is that the listener hears every word and almost every counter-punctual line – and Rachmaninov had a field day with this, adding up to eleven real voices into the most harmonically intense passages. We bet that for many, this will be a real discovery, of an immense masterpiece of Slavic religious music. We also note that the soloists are of great quality and that the basso profundos demanded of the choir at points are real basso profundos, not unfortunate bass baritones in danger of asphyxiation. Hats off. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording:

Recorded at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic - European Art Centre in Bialystok, 4–8

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