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neusïpayushchuyu Bogoroditsu” [“The Theotokos, ever-vigilant in prayer”], which was written in his youth and remained unpublished during his lifetime, also stands out among the works of contemporaries by its artistic design and intensity of expression.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

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Treasures

Nigel Short: Tenebrae

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Glory, from Six choruses for treble voices

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Italian Polka

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Folk Songs, vol. 2

State Academic Russian Choir

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Let Our Mouths Be Filled

Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Conspirare

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Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Conspirare

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Night, from Six choruses for treble voices

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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Rejoice, Virgin Theotokos

Sergei Rachmaninoff

From My Youth; An American Orthodox Journey

St. John's Girls Octet

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The Pine Tree, from Six choruses for treble voices

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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The Waves were Slumbering, from Six choruses for treble voices

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Without Time or Season: Russian Choruses for Children

The Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir

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A quiet melody ("We hymn Thee" from Liturgy, op. 31)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Russian Folk Songs, vol. 2

State Academic Russian Choir

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