It’s all about the music of Russia this week on Choral Concert.
Host Peter Togni will lead us into the depth of the Russian music tradition. Some of the most beautiful choral music comes from Russia, with a rich and glowing sound that sets a high standard for the rest of the world to follow.
One piece that stands out as the cornerstone of Russian choral repertoire is the Rachmaninoff Vespers, or the All-night vigil. Written by the man well known for his virtuosic and flamboyant piano concertos, this music is in direct contrast: a deeply reflective work evoking the power of the Russian orthodox service.
Rachmaninoff wrote the entire work in old Slavonic, using melodic material from the chants written for the soft, fading light of the Vespers service. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers have been praised as his finest achievement.
In this encore edition of Choral Concert, you will hear the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir singing selections from the Rachmaninoff Vespers, and you will also hear more Russian and Russian-influenced music from the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Lege Artis Choir and the Exultate Chamber Singers.
Choral Concert, the old Slavonic edition. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.
on Aug 12, 2013