Music For The Day

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.

Bogoroditse Devo

Rachmaninov Vespers - Stephen Cleobury - Choir of Kings College Cambridge

Follow Semi-Partisan Politics on TwitterFacebook and Medium.

Music For The Day

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.