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neusïpayushchuyu Bogoroditsu” [“The Theotokos, ever-vigilant in prayer”], which was written in his youth and remained unpublished during his lifetime, also stands out among the works of contemporaries by its artistic design and intensity of expression.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

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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

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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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Ra013_search Sergei Rachmaninoff A Mercy of Peace
Milost mira

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra013

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Ra031_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Blessed art Thou, O Lord
Blagosloven yesi, Ghospodi

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Lesser Znamenny Chant

SATB(div), T solo

Church Slavonic

Ra031

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Ra021_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Blessed Be the Name
Budi imia

Sergei Rachmaninoff

douBch

Church Slavonic

Ra021

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Ra025_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Blessed Is the Man
Blazhen muzh

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra025

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Ra024_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Bless the Lord, O my soul (Vespers)
Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian “Greek” Chant

SATB(div), A solo

Church Slavonic

Ra024

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Ra010_search Sergei Rachmaninoff Cherubic Hymn
Izhe kheruvimï

Sergei Rachmaninoff

SATB(div)

Church Slavonic

Ra010

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Blessed Is the Man

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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O Gladsome Light...

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Religious Hymns; Recordings from the 1940s-1950s

Ivan Semyenovich Kozlovsky, Tenor

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Rejoice, O Virgin (from All-Night Vigil, op. 37)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sacred Songs of Russia

Gloriae Dei Cantores

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Blessed Art Thou, O Lord

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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Come, Let Us Worship

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

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Gentle Light

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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Gladsome Light

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil (Vespers)

USSR Academic Russian Choir

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Lord, Now Lettest Thou...

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Religious Hymns; Recordings from the 1940s-1950s

Ivan Semyenovich Kozlovsky, Tenor

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Cherubic Hymn

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

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Come, Let Us Worship

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Unto Ages of Ages

Gloriae Dei Cantores

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