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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir|Rachmaninov: Vespers & Complete All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninov: Vespers & Complete All-Night Vigil

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Paul Hillier

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After recording three discs together of Baltic Voices -- that is, choral music by Baltic composers -- it was inevitable that Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir would record the Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, his a cappella setting of Vespers and Matins from the Russian Orthodox Liturgy. Paul Hillier is arguably the finest living conductor of spiritual choral music, a conductor with a complete mastery of the technique of singing and a consummate understanding of the transcendence of music. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is probably the best Baltic choir, a chorus with the sonorous depths of the best Russian choirs, the supple strength of the best Scandinavian choirs, plus the soulful longing of the best choruses in the world. And, of course, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil is beyond all argument the greatest, the deepest, the most transcendent choral work ever composed by a Russian and one of the highest musical embodiments of humanity's spirituality. Together, Hillier and the Estonians turn in a performance of the All-Night Vigil of supreme musicality and sublime spirituality, a performance to convert the unconverted and bring the apostate back to belief. Harmonia Mundi captures the performance in sound that can only be described as stupendous.
© TiVo

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All-Night Vigil, Op.37 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
I. Come, let us worship
00:02:50

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Vladimir Miller, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Vladimir Miller, Soloist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

2
II. Praise the Lord, O my soul
00:04:48

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

3
III. Blessed is the man
00:04:16

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

4
IV. O gentle light
00:03:19

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Vladimir Miller, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Vladimir Miller, Soloist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

5
V. Lord, now lettest Thou
00:03:32

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

6
VI. Rejoice, O Virgin
00:02:51

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

7
VII. The Six Psalms
00:02:06

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

8
VIII. Praise the name of the Lord
00:02:19

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

9
IX. Blessed art Thou, O Lord
00:05:35

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

10
X. Having beheld the Resurrection
00:02:35

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

11
XI. My soul magnifies the Lord
00:06:59

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

12
XII. The Great Doxology
00:06:40

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

13
XIII. Troparion: Today salvation is come
00:01:38

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

14
XIV. Troparion: Thou didst rise from the tomb
00:02:44

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

15
XV. O queen victorious
00:01:39

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Serge Rachmaninov, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Album Description

After recording three discs together of Baltic Voices -- that is, choral music by Baltic composers -- it was inevitable that Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir would record the Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, his a cappella setting of Vespers and Matins from the Russian Orthodox Liturgy. Paul Hillier is arguably the finest living conductor of spiritual choral music, a conductor with a complete mastery of the technique of singing and a consummate understanding of the transcendence of music. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is probably the best Baltic choir, a chorus with the sonorous depths of the best Russian choirs, the supple strength of the best Scandinavian choirs, plus the soulful longing of the best choruses in the world. And, of course, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil is beyond all argument the greatest, the deepest, the most transcendent choral work ever composed by a Russian and one of the highest musical embodiments of humanity's spirituality. Together, Hillier and the Estonians turn in a performance of the All-Night Vigil of supreme musicality and sublime spirituality, a performance to convert the unconverted and bring the apostate back to belief. Harmonia Mundi captures the performance in sound that can only be described as stupendous.
© TiVo

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