Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

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Publisher: Novello
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Rachmaninoff’s music for the All-Night Vigil service – long known inaccurately as his ‘Vespers’ – is a masterpiece in its own right. It draws on centuries-old Orthodox chant and the performance tradition of Russian folk music, and embodies the ideal of Russian church music championed by a group of Moscow musicians of the time. In this All-Night Vigil the great composer-pianist-conductor has allied his own imagination, skill and experience with the expertise built up at the Synodal School of Church Music – not least by its choir, which gave the first performances at several Moscow concerts.

This edition has been carefully prepared to present Rachmaninoff’s music in a clear and easily readable format, and also offers a new transliteration of the Church Slavonic text. For the first time an audio pronunciation guide is provided online, which will prove indispensable for choirs wishing to perform this most beautiful of masterpieces.
In the November/December issue of Choir & Organ, Jeremy Summerly writes that this edition of All-Night Vigil is "a timely publication and it is difficult to imagine it presented better." He says that the "introductory material is immaculate and places this culturally complex work in its colourful historical context," making this a "legible, user-friendly, and authoritative edition...a model of its type."
Editor Stuart Campbell has contributed articles on Russian music to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition) and Die neue MGG. Cambridge University Press published two volumes of his anthology of criticism entitled Russians on Russian Music. He is a tutor for the adult-education units of the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and joint musical director (with Svetlana Zvereva) of the chamber choir Russkaya Cappella.
ISBN: 9781783058709
Published on: 27 January 2015
No of pages: 124
Language: English, Russian
Catalogue No: NOV294965

      Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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      Scores 9.6 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
      10 out of 10


      Kent GB
      Very clear
      Some consonants missing from text!
      Confirmed purchase: 19 December 2016
      Published on: 14 January 2017
      10 out of 10


      East Yorkshire GB Bass singer
      The music is set out clearly. There are lots of useful subsidiary notes - translation, transliteration, pronunciation. And background information about Russian Orthodox Church culture.
      Confirmed purchase: 12 February 2016
      Published on: 27 February 2016
      9 out of 10


      Lempäälä, Finland GB Choral conductor, Lecturer in
      Very good version and not too expensive
      Reviewer left no comment
      Confirmed purchase: 18 June 2015
      Published on: 02 July 2015

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