Rachmaninoff: Vespers

( 3 )
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$17.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (11) from $4.04   
  • New (7) from $9.35   
  • Used (4) from $4.04   

More About This Product

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/1990
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408017223
  • Catalog Number: 80172
  • Sales rank: 1,232


Disc 1
  1. 1 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor, & chorus, Op. 37 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Robert Shaw (2:55)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Conductor, Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Rach Vespers from Shaw

    Rachmaninoff's Vespers has recceived many recordings over the years, but
    this new Telarc CD with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers is one of the best to date.

    The work was composed to accompany the all-night vesper service in the
    Russian Orthodox Church and as such is sung a capella (unaccompanied).
    Composed in several short but continuous movements and taking over an hour on average to perform as the present account does, it is a complex
    and challenging work for any chorus both technically and interpreti- vely. But Shaw's chorus, comprised of vocal students based at an annual
    workshop in the French countryside, are more than up to the demands that the Vespers present. On the technical level, their intonation and
    blend are faultless and their Russian is about as good as it can be
    (at least to this non-Russian's ears). As a performance, Shaw and com-
    pany keep the large work flowing without once letting it sag. I also
    favor their lean tone with minimal vibrato to the heavy, wobbly sound
    that many of the other performances contain. The leaner tone adds to the austerity and beauty of the Vespers without minimizing the impact of it at all.

    The Rachmaninoff Vespers are admittedly not to everyone's taste due to
    its solemn nature but I urge you give this recording a try. It is about
    as persuasive an account of this beautiful, rarely performed gem as you
    will get, and offers another side to Rachmaninoff besides his instru- mental and orchestral music that one does not usually hear. The record-
    ing quality is superb, (done in a small Gothic church as per the liner
    notes) with just enough reverb and ambient acoustic to augment the
    work's lovely harmonies. As said above, a gem. Try it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    This is hands-down the most incredible recording of this piece that I've found. Spectacular vocal performances, great direction, and Telarc's amazing recording techniques combine to make this a wonderful album. And, of course, Rachmaninoff's brilliant compositional skills need no mention.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews