Rachmaninoff: Nocturne - Vespers & Byzantine Hymns

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Simon-Pierre Bestion writes: “I discovered Rachmaninoff’s ‘Vespers’ singing in a choir, and the work made a genuine emotional impact on me! This music gives off...

Simon-Pierre Bestion writes: “I discovered Rachmaninoff’s ‘Vespers’ singing in a choir, and the work made a genuine emotional impact on me! This music gives off an impression of naturalness and ‘simplicity’, yet in fact its architecture is complex and innovative for its time in the quasi-orchestral treatment of the voices. I wanted to place the work in a liturgical context that I conceived by drawing my inspiration from the Orthodox ceremonies I have been lucky enough to attend in Russia and Romania. The special characteristic and the beauty of this Vigil service (which in the Orthodox churches includes both Vespers and Matins) is that it accompanies the prayers of the faithful from dusk until sunrise.”



Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 14, 2022


  • UPC: 3760014198977


  • Catalog Number: ALPHA897


  • Label: Alpha


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Late Romantic


  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: La Tempete


  • Performer: Simon-Pierre Bestion