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Prom 38: Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (Vespers)

The Latvian Radio Choir perform Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (Vespers) live in the spacious acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. Presented by Kate Molleson.

Live at the BBC Proms: The Latvian Radio Choir perform Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (Vespers) in the spacious acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Presented by Kate Molleson.

Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (Vespers)
Sigvards Kļava (director)

One of the 2017 Revolutionary Music Late Night Proms.

Hailed as 'the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church', Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (Vespers) is also one of the loveliest works of any faith - a profoundly moving statement of belief and the last major work the composer completed before he left Russia.

Sung unaccompanied, the Vigil is a choral tour de force, pushing the singers to the limits of both range and dynamics. The effect is strikingly dramatic, encompassing the ecstatic choral celebration of the Resurrection Hymn 'Today salvation has come' and the infinite tenderness of the 'Ave Maria'.
The Latvian Radio Choir returns following its performance of Orthodox chant in tonight's earlier Prom.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    All-Night Vigil, Op 37

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
  • Post-concert

    • Johannes Brahms

      Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2

      Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • Brahms/Weber: Music For Clarinet And Piano Michael Collins/ Mikhail Pletnev.
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 5.

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