Latvian Radio Choir
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Rachmaninov - Vespers, opus 37
Mon 9 Oct ’2320:15 uurMain Hall
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The Vespers are also called Vigilia for all night. Rachmaninov used texts from the Russian Orthodox liturgy, was heavily influenced by Gregorian chant. For all its tunefulness, the work is also demanding; in one of the movements, Rachmaninov splits the choir into as many as 11 groups. And in the fifth, Nunc dimittis, he demands of the basses a low b-flat - one tone lower than the lowest string of the cello. 'Where on earth should I get such basses?' the conductor Nikolai Danilin asked him in despair. 'Those are as rare as asparagus at Christmas!' But Rachmaninov found them: 'I know what my compatriots can do...' And the Latvian Radio Choir can do it too; it is not for nothing one of Europe's best choirs, about which Gramophone wrote: 'an extraordinary group of singers.'
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