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Rachmaninov Vespers
Rachmaninov Vespers

Fri, 16 Feb


Alkmaar, Grote Sint-Laurenskerk

Rachmaninov Vespers

Cappella Amsterdam conducted by chief conductor Daniel Reuss

Time & Location

16 Feb 2024, 20:15

Alkmaar, Grote Sint-Laurenskerk, Koorstraat 2, 1811 GP Alkmaar, The Netherlands

About the event


Sergei Rachmaninov(1873-1943) Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye (Vespers)


Explanation Rachmaninov Vespers


Rachmaninov's monumental Vespers is one of the most beautiful, most impressive a-cappella choral works ever composed. Old Russian Orthodox melodies form the basis. However, the masterpiece found its way not so much into the Russian Orthodox liturgy. The dramatic setting, symphonic scope and great virtuosity make the work very popular on concert stages worldwide.


The piece opens with Priidite, poklonimsya, in which the choir sings a solemn invitation to come together for the evening service. This is followed by a series of parts, including psalms and hymns, each with its own characteristic atmosphere, from joyful and jubilant to introspective and contemplative. Highlights of the work include the sublime Bogoroditse Devo andVelikoye Slavosloviye, which regularly induces a feeling of majestic grandeur.


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