October 27, 2005


Here is a piece from the Rachmaninoff Vespers that I performed in high school in a group of local All-State choristers we called the "nine-tet." It has to be one of the most ethereal and beautiful pieces written (that goes for the entirety of the Vespers) and I know some of you will think so too. I would rate this recording as a "must have" in my collection, and am happy to share more detailed info about it if prompted. This recording is not from my high school group, I should probably add. In fact, many have a problem with the conducting style exhibited on this album, stating it is nowhere near authentic to the original version. I am of the opinion that this version is incredible and conveys its message clearly, thus negating the necessity to maintain absolute historical accuracy.

Bogoroditsye Devo, raduisya,
Blagodatnaya Mariye,
Gospod s Toboyu.
Blagoslovenna Ty v zhenakh,
I blagosloven plod chreva Tvoyevo,
Yako Spasa rodila yesi dush nashikh.

Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya


Rejoice, O Vergin Theotokos,
Mary full of grace.
The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of Thy womb,
For Thou has borne the Savior of our souls.

Posted by Andy at October 27, 2005 12:54 AM to the Music category

Man we were good. I forgot how good we sounded! ;)

No really...who performed this?

Posted by: Bobby at October 27, 2005 08:06 PM

This is a Robert Shaw recording. Usually he directs the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, but on this particular album it's the "Festival Singers", which is probably a smaller group from the chorus.

Posted by: Andy at October 27, 2005 10:33 PM
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