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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. 

Posted by Marc DeGirolami on November 1, 2012 at 09:25 AM in DeGirolami, Marc | Permalink

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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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