Rachmaninov: Vespers

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COMPOSERS: Rachmaninov
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Vespers
PERFORMER: Soloists; Choral Arts Society of Washington/Mstislav Rostropovich
CATALOGUE NO: 2564 6935505 (1987)

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Rostropovich’s tempos in the longer movements are considerably more brisk than Sveshnikov’s, and he elicits an admirably precise and sharply-focused performance, but the Melodiya recording is more visceral. Barry Witherden