Rachmaninov: Vespers

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COMPOSERS: Rachmaninov
LABELS: Melodiya
WORKS: Vespers
PERFORMER: Soloists; State Academic Russian Choir/Alexander Sveshnikov
CATALOGUE NO: 10 01365

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On this analogue recording the sound is less bright and the performance less nimble than on Rostropovich’s version (see below), but its emotional power and textural richness make it a very serious option. Barry Witherden