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Blazing Rachmaninov from the Latvian Radio Choir
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The All-Night Vigil of the Russian Orthodox church brings together the liturgical rites of Vespers, Matins and First Hour and the music is for unaccompanied voices.
Rachmaninov's 1915 setting of the All-Night Vigil has just been recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Klava. Today's free track is the Ave Maria from their disc, which is out now on the Ondine label
Writing in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine, our critic David Nice wrote: 'In so many ways, the Rachmaninov of Latvia's outstanding professional choir presents a golden mean between the uniquely open-throated but not always pitch-perfect Glinka Choir of the hallowed St Petersburg tradition, and the more reserved tones of English choral contenders.'