After the first performance of the Vespers (also known as All-Night Vigil, opus 37) in 1915, the enthusiasm of the public was so immense that additional concerts were added immediately. Rachmaninov had created a classical masterpiece for mixed choir. It is directly inspired by the sung nightly Easter vigil of the Orthodox liturgy that heralds the resurrection.
Rachmaninov used hymns from the Russian church but also created innovative harmonies by bringing together music styles from the Eastern and Western tradition. He combined all this into an hour of music that sounds both monumental and tranquil, both melancholic and festive.
The combined forces of Utrechts Vocaal Ensemble and Photonen from Amsterdam, conducted by Jeroen Spitteler, guarantee unforgettable performances. In addition, both ensembles will present themselves briefly with their own varied program, with music from Pärt, Kreek, Holst and Duruflé.
Soloists: Maria de Moel (mezzo-soprano) and Maarten Stevens (tenor)