November 01, 2012
The Musical Canon: Rachmaninoff's Vespers
Here's something nice on the occasion of All Saint's Day: a second entry (much delayed) in the classical religious musical canon. Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vespers," or "All-Night Vigil," is a collossal achievement; my buddy Mark Movsesian introduced me to this masterpiece of Russian Orthodox music, and it's a lovely, holy, ghostly thing to listen to and think on in the quiet of the night. I hope you enjoy this version of my favorite -- #5 ("Nunc Dimittis"), and especially the ending in the deeps of the deep.
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Thank you for sharing these masterpieces, Professor DeGirolami.
Posted by: N.D. | Nov 1, 2012 10:07:58 AM
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