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Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil (Vespers) | Somerset Chamber Choir

Sunday February 17, 2019 at 16:00
King's College Chapel, Taunton
reserved tickets £18/£15, unreserved £11; students and children half price
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  1. Vespers, 'All-night vigil' Op 37 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  2. 18th variation, from Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini - Sergey Rachmaninov, arranged for violin and piano by John York
  3. Vocalise, for violin and piano Op 34 No 14 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  4. 2nd movement: Prayer, from Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in C minor - Sergey Rachmaninov, arranged for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

A candlelit performance of hauntingly beautiful settings of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, with evocative poetry and timeless classics for violin and piano, enhanced by projected iconography and lighting.

Arguably the greatest choral music ever written by a Russian and one of the finest choral works in the entire repertoire, Sergie Rachmaninov’s All-night Vigil (Vespers) is a tour de force of stunning virtuosity and extreme pathos. Featuring 15 exquisite sections corresponding to the sequence of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, the All-night Vigil divides the choir into 11 vocal parts and features some of the lowest bass parts ever written.

This candlelit performance of Rachmaninov’s setting of the Russian Orthodox all-night liturgical sequence of Vespers, Matins and First Hour will be immensely atmospheric occasion enhanced with iconography and coloured lighting projected onto the stark white walls of the chapel. It promises to be a treat both for eyes as well as ears!

Interspersed throughout the concert will be evocative poetry readings to complement the Russian Orthodox theme, together with three achingly beautiful arrangements of timeless classics for violin and piano – Rachmaninov’s 18th variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Vocalise, and Prayer from Piano Concerto No 2 – each of which has the power to inspire refection on sacred Russian texts.

King's College Chapel
South Road
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