272 Vespers (All-Night Vigil)
Rachmaninov

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Rachmaninov decided to turn to the liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church to compose a quiet, reflective and deeply moving set of vespers.

His All-Night Vigil, to give it its official title, was composed and premiered in 1915. The composer had a deep and very personal religious faith, which he expresses beautifully through this unaccompanied set of choral vespers. They are separated into two parts: the evening Vespers and the morning Matins, both full of exquisitely rich harmonies.

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'Vespers' by Karl Bryullov (1825).