A stripped-down version of Rachmaninov, without artifice, without piano or orchestra. A Rachmaninov filled with Russian folk tradition, faith and fervour.
Sergei Rachmaninov's Vespers are the moving account of a man deeply imbued with a millennial Orthodox tradition. Written in 1915 in less than two weeks, they were then created in the middle of the Great War, on March 10, 1915 in Moscow, before finally becoming banned by the Soviet regime in 1917.
The idea was to recreate an imaginary ritual, mixing Rachmaninov's Vespers with Byzantine Orthodox chants, and also extending to the total use of space by the singers, thus offering an intense journey into one of the greatest works of vocal art.
Concept, arrangements and conductor
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Hymns of the greek orthodox byzantine liturgy