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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

Sergey Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)
The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jaroslav Brych, conductor; Soloists

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD 350 043 | Time: 01:01:32

The Prague Philharmonic choir join over a dozen others who have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, a work once thought the special property of the Russian choirs who are, of course, prominent in the lists. The Czechs sing it without a cantor, and more as a concert work than some of the others do. Though they take the famous scale in the Nunc dimittis, descending to a profound B flat, in their stride, they are not as sonorous as some others, and their particular contribution is to sing the music lightly and flexibly, with a lively response to the words. They have excellent sopranos, safe in intonation when attacking the exposed high entries in thirds which are a feature of the music, and a good tenor for the three numbers that involve him as a soloist. The Magnificat, with all its tempo changes and shifts of register, is expressively done, as are the light rhythms of ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord’.

Choosing between what is now a good range of fine recordings is not simple. The classic Russian versions with the Leningrad Glinka Choir under Chernushenko and the USSR Ministry of Culture Choir under Polyansky (Melodiya – nla) still carry great weight, though the recordings are old, and there is much to be said for the Corydon Singers’ performance under Matthew Best. The new Czech version is attractive, but does not really take precedence over these three.

Review by John Warrack, Gramophone

There’s a lot of strong competition for Rachmaninov’s justly popular Vespers (more correctly referred to as All-Night Vigil), with Robert Shaw’s vocally resplendent, acoustically spacious version with his Festival Singers (Telarc) and the MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig’s vibrant, powerfully expressive reading (Berlin Classics) among the best. This one from the very fine Prague Philharmonic Choir, in addition to being one of the fastest on disc, presents a solid, textually and musically faithful reading, but ultimately lacks the emotional impact and sonic integrity of the reference versions. While conductor Jaroslav Brych’s vision of this deeply spiritual music gives a nod to its devotional character, it remains decidedly earthbound–a very competent, even admirable technical exercise in choral singing. The notes are all there, the ensemble precision is commendable, but there’s an absence of the profoundly religious feeling that you immediately experience from Shaw and Arman (MDR Leipzig). Brych’s interpretations don’t convey the sense of the texts–Praise the Lord, O my soul is indistinguishable from Let thy servant depart–as clearly as the reference versions, and the famous Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya (Ave Maria) is amazingly sterile. Where’s the low-C at the penultimate chord? Sonically, the balances are weird, with sections of the chorus seeming to shift from background to prominence and even to move from side to side. It’s hard to gain a consistent perspective–could the fact that this is a multi-channel SACD recording have anything to do with this? Anyway, as much as I really wanted to like this–I’m a fan of the Prague Philharmonic Choir–I just can’t get excited about matter-of-fact singing and disorienting sonics.

Review by David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]



Marcela Grofová, alto (2)
Viktor Bychek, tenor (4,5,9)
Darina Glatzova, soprano (18)
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Jaroslav Brych, conductor

Recorded in 2001

Tracklist:

Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op.37

01. Priidite, poklonimsa (01:57)
02. Blagoslovi, duse moja (04:32)
03. Blazen muz (04:52)
04. Svete tichyj (02:46)
05. Nyne otpuscajesi (03:30)
06. Bogorodice, devo (02:46)
07. Sestopsalmyje (02:13)
08. Chvalite imja Gospodne (02:16)
09. Blagosloven jesi, Gospodi (04:27)
10. Voskresenie Christovo videvse (03:01)
11. Velicit dusa moja Gospoda (06:09)
12. Slavoslovie velikoje (07:00)
13. Dnes spasenie (01:48)
14. Voskres iz groba (03:07)
15. Vzbrannoj vojevode (01:33)

The Divine Liturgy, Op.31 (3 parts)

16. Gospodi, spasi blagocectivija (03:16)
17. Uze Cheruvimy (03:30)
18. Tebe pojem (02:49)


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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

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