Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

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RACHMANINOFF, Sergei Vasil’yevich (b. 20 March [1 April] 1873, the estate of Oneg (Semyonovo?), in today’s Novgorod region of the Novgorod district; d. 28 March 1943, Beverly Hills, California) — from 1882 studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, then in 1885 transferred to the Moscow Conservatory from which he graduated in piano (1891) and composition (1892); studied with Alexander Ziloti, Anton Arensky, and Sergei Taneyev. Renowned as a pianist, composer, and conductor. Although Rachmaninoff’s compositional activity was devoted primarily to secular music (operas, symphonies, chamber works, piano works, romances, choruses with piano, et al.), his sacred choral works — the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, opus 31, and the All-Night Vigil, opus 37 — stand as major masterpieces in the Russian church music literature. One other sacred work, the sacred concerto “V molitvah neusïpayushchuyu Bogoroditsu” [“The Theotokos, ever-vigilant in prayer”], which was written in his youth and remained unpublished during his lifetime, also stands out among the works of contemporaries by its artistic design and intensity of expression. All of Rachmaninoff’s sacred works are marked by highly individualistic religious emotionalism and a complexity of musical technique (texture, sonority, dynamics, etc.)
A140web_search Sergei Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, Op.37

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Gloriae Dei Cantores, St. Romanos Cappella, the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and the Washington Master Chorale

Peter Jermihov

Paraclete Press

A140

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A128_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil (Vespers)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

USSR Academic Russian Choir

A. Sveshnikov

Melodia/Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery

A128

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A135_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chysostom

Sergei Rachmaninoff

"Rozhdestvo" Choir

Olga Stupneva

IML

A135

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A080_search Sergei Rachmaninoff The Bells, Symphonic Dances

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian State Symphonic Cappella; Russian State Symphony Orchestra; Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya, Soprano; Leonid Bomstein, Tenor; Vyacheslav Pochapskky, Bass

Valery Polyansky

CHANDOS

A080

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123716_search Sergei Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil ('Vespers')
Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

15

124

Ra-ANV

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Ra-dl_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Liturgiya Sv. Ioanna Zlatousta

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Mixed

Church Slavonic

20

174

Ra-DL

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Ra-6ch_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Six Choral Songs (Six Choruses) (with Russian and English text)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Women’s/Treble

English, Russian

6

36

Ra6Ch

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Cp-tb-bells-cover_search Sergei Rachmaninoff The Bells
Kolokola

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Mixed (with orch.)

Russian

88

CP-TB

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Ra023mc_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Come, Let Us Worship
Priidite, poklonimsia

Sergei Rachmaninoff

TTBB

Church Slavonic

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Ra007cover_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Come, Let Us Worship (Liturgy)
Priidite poklonimsia

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra007

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Ra023_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Come, Let Us Worship (Vespers)
Priidite, poklonimsia

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra023

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Ra026_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Gladsome Light
Svete tihiy

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Kievan Chant

SATB(div), T solo

Church Slavonic

Ra026

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Omp-ra029e_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Glory Be To God On High

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SSAATTBB

English

OMP-Ra029E

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Ra034_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Great Doxology, The
Velikoye slavosloviye

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Znamenny Chant

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra034

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Ra032_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Having Beheld the Resurrection
Vokreseniye Hristovo

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra032

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Ra008_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Holy God
Sviatïy Bozhe

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra008

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Ra005_search Sergei Rachmaninoff In Thy Kingdom
Vo Tsarstvii

Sergei Rachmaninoff

douBch

Church Slavonic

Ra005

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Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Today All Nations Beheld Glorious Things; Selected Hymns from Vigil, Liturgy, and Feasts

Choir of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery

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Lord, Now Lettest Thou

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil (Vespers)

USSR Academic Russian Choir

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Now Lettest Thou

Sergei Rachmaninoff

All-Night Vigil, Op.37

Gloriae Dei Cantores, St. Romanos Cappella, the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and the Washington Master Chorale

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The Mother of God, ever-vigilant in prayer

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Triumph of Russian Orthodoxy; Hymns from the Prayer Service

Choir of the Church of "Joy of All Sorrowful" Icon - Moscow

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Unto Ages of Ages

Gloriae Dei Cantores

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Hail, O Virgin Mother Of God

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil (Vespers)

USSR Academic Russian Choir

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Rejoice, Virgin

Sergei Rachmaninoff

All-Night Vigil, Op.37

Gloriae Dei Cantores, St. Romanos Cappella, the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and the Washington Master Chorale

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We Praise Thee

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

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Hail, O Virgin Mother Of God

Sergei Rachmaninoff

In the Bond of Love

Male Choir of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery

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Lord, Now Lettest Thou

Sergei Rachmaninoff

With the Voice of the Archangel

Credo Chamber Choir