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Vespers, Op. 37

Voronezh Chamber Choir

Vespers, Op. 37

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525507708
Catnr: GLO 5077
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
UPC
8711525507708
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GLO 5077
Release date
19 August 2002
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The Chamber Choir of the Voronezh Institute of the Arts is one of the most original, highly professional choirs in Russia. It was formed in 1976 by Professor Oleg Shepel from a group of student singers and was soon enlarged by the teachers and graduates of the choir conducting department of the Institute. The singers are all highly committed musicians who have acquired wide experience in choral singing and have established a high standard of performance over an extensive variety of music.

The choir performs not only in the city or Voronezh, but has toured throughout the country and abroad, including two tours or the UK. During the sixteen years of its activity, the Voronezh Chamber Choir has gained a high reputation for its versatile and often unfamiliar repertoire ranging throughout the centuries. This area of the choir's interests is being extended continuously and, as a result, its repertoire has broadened to include much large-scale music by Bach, Haydn and Mozart, a wide range of Russian sacred music by Berezovsky, Bortoyansky, Arkhaogelsky, Chesnokov, Russian classics, and music by 20th-century composers such as Bernstein, Britten, Gershwin, Sviridov, and Shcedrin.

Een fantastische uitvoering van de beroemde Vespers van Rachmaninov
Dit album bevat een absoluut fantastische en perfect idiomatische uitvoering van Rachmaninovs terecht beroemde Vespers Opus 37, een van de grootste koorwerken die ooit is geschreven, en de persoonlijke favoriet van de componist. De opnames werden in september 1991 gemaakt door niemand minder dan Pyotr Kondrashin, in de Ontslapeniskerk in Voronezh, met behulp van de nieuwste digitale opnameapparatuur. In dit opzicht overtreft de opname alle oudere opnames, die voor het grootste deel oude analoge Russische opnames waren.

Het Voronezh Chamber Choir en zijn dirigent Oleg Shepel zijn wellicht niet zo bekend in het Westen als andere Russische koorgezelschappen, maar horen in Rusland zelf tot de absolute top. Het wordt daar beschouwd als een van de meest originele en zeer professionele koren. De zangers zijn allen zeer betrokken musici met een ruime ervaring op het gebied van koorzang, die voor een breed scala aan muziek een hoge uitvoeringsnorm gesteld hebben. Hun tour door het Verenigd Koninkrijk in 1990 en 1991 was zeer succesvol. Daarnaast werkten ze mee aan een reeks opnames van werken van Stravinksy.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire. Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninov and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused...
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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.
Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninov and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused his output as composer to slow tremendously; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six compositions, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. In 1942, Rachmaninov moved to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninov acquired American citizenship.
Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers gave way to a personal style notable for its song-like melodicism, expressiveness and his use of rich orchestral colors.[3] The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninov's compositional output, and through his own skills as a performer he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument.

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