Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava (conductor)
Sergei Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (often referred to as his 'Vespers', is one of the supreme examples of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition, featuring music of uplifting spiritual strength. The All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that it can be described as 'choral orchestration', demanding a wide vocal range from the singers. The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. Their repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, but always focussing on exploring the capabilities of the voice and seeking to push its limits. Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia's most prolific choral conductors. He has conducted many premieres of new choral works by Latvian composers.
Rachmaninov Vespers Op 37
Running time: 1 hr 2 min
'There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic palette of vocal colours throughout with plenty of sonorous bloom for those celebrated deep, bass notes. This is a sublime yet rapturous recording.' (Recording of the Month Gramophone)
'Under the masterly direction of Sigvards Klava, the Latvians display the barrel-chested Slavonic tonal resources Rachmaninov would have expected - sepulchral basses, soft-grained but strong sopranos, tenors who soar without strain - but also a precision alien to Russian choirs.' (The Times)