Богородице Дѣво, Bogoroditse Devo, “Rejoice, O Virgin” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil).
Sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury.
Prelude no. 10 in G flat major, Op.23, by Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Tender and wistful, with a hint of that Russian romanticism only really shining through towards the end, this piece makes quite a contrast to some of the more bombastic preludes in the cycle. And the cadence at the end, the final two chords, are beautiful, like a book being closed at the end of a bedtime story.
The prelude is performed here, as were previous examples of Rachmaninoff preludes on this blog, by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Rachmaninov Prelude Op.32 No.13 in D flat major, performed here by Vladminir Ashkenazy:
A fitting end to Rachmaninov’s wonderful cycle of 24 preludes.
Rachmaninov Prelude, Op. 23 No. 4 in D Major, performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy:
My favourite recording of this piece.