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Peter Jermihov conducts Gloriae Dei Cantores, with members of St. Romanos Cappella, the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and the Washington Master Chorale — a mighty choir of 78 voices — in a new recording that will certainly become the new standard for this work.
Many aspects of this recording are exemplary: 1) It successfully achieves the Russian choral sound; 2) The conductor, a native speaker of Russian and a practicing Orthodox church musician of Russian-American background, gets the large-scale interpretation and the minute, text-driven shadings right; 3) The singers—all experienced performers of sacred music bring the proper spiritual focus to the difficult task of recording this masterpiece; 4) the HDCD with Surround Sound audio delivers a listening experience unmatched by streaming services and "compressed" audio formats; 5) the superb 52-page booklet contains a substantive essay about the piece, texts and translations, and exquisite visual images.
Whether you are a conductor contemplating a performance of Rachmaninoff’sVigil, an audiophile who already know and love this masterwork, or someone yet to discover it for the first time, THIS is a recording you cannot afford not to own!