Rachmaninov's Vespers


Rachmaninov's Vespers


Based on ancient Russian chants, Rachmaninov's Vespers is considered the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church. Recorded in the reverberant acoustic of the Chapel at Bastyr University.

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Track Listing

1.   Priidite, poklonimsya (Come, let us worship) 2:31
2.   Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda (Bless the Lord, O my soul) 2:31
3.   Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the man) 4:53
4.   Svete tikhyi (Gladsome light) 2:45
5.   Nyne otpushchayeshi (Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart) 2:46
6.   Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin) 2:45
7.   Shestopsalmiye: Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (The six psalms: glory to God in the highest) 2:28
8.   Khvalite imya Gospodne (Praise the name of the Lord) 2:32
9.   Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi (Blessed art Thou, O Lord) 6:01
10.  Voskreseniye Khristovo videvshe (Having beheld the resurrection of Christ) 3:26
11.   Velichit dusha moya Gospoda (My soul magnifies the Lord) 8:08
12.   Slavosloviye velikoye: Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (The great doxology: glory to God in the highest) 7:09
13.   Tropar: Dnes spaseniye (The Troparion: today salvation has come) 1:48
14.   Tropar: Voskres iz groba (The Troparion: Thou didst rise from the tomb) 3:13
15.   Vzbrannoy voyevode (To Thee, the victorious leader) 1:47


“I’ve praised Karen Thomas’s very fine Seattle Pro Musica recently in these pages, and I am very happy to hear them have their way with this timeless work…They sing with incredible smoothness, rich sonic textures, impeccable technique, and truly heartfelt emotionality. It is fully on a par with [Robert] Shaw’s account in terms of choral accomplishment, but Thomas and company do an even better job of plumbing the piece’s deep spirituality and credibly evoking the Slavic pathos, even while maintaining fairly brisk tempos…This is a masterly and utterly gorgeous reading that illuminates many of the work’s profoundest passages with subtle clarity, while delivering plenty of power and punch where called for…You need to hear these musicians. After hearing this, I don’t hesitate to rank them among America’s very best choirs.”

—Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide, November/December 2003

“This rendition captures the essential gravity and soaring celebration of these ancient prayers. Listen and be swept up in heavenly rapture.”

—Matthew Cooke, Amazon.com staff review, August 1999

“The Seattle Pro Musica emphasizes a detached purity of line that underscores the melody, offsetting the rich harmonies…Balance is superb…The alto and tenor soloists are my second favorite on record.” 

—Barry Brenesal, Fanfare, March/April 2003

“Your Rachmaninov CD is gorgeous! A beautiful CD, which I will return to again and again. Congratulations on such a superb performance of this deeply-felt composition!” 

—Morten Lauridsen, composer