All-Night Vigil

The Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala
Stefan Parkman



Priiditye, poklonimsya/Come, let us worship
Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda/Bless thou the Lord, O my soul
Blazhen muzh/Blessed is the man
Svete tikhiy/O Gladsome Light
Nyne otpushchayeshy/Lord, now lettest thou
Bogoroditse Devo/Virgin mother of God
Slava v vyshnikh Bogu/Glory be to God
Khvalite imya, Gospodne/Laud ye the name of the Lord
Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi/Blessed art thou, O Lord
Voskreseniye Khristovo videvshe/We have seen thy resurrection, O Christ
Velichit dusha/My soul doth magnify the Lord
Slava v vyshnikh Bogu/Glory be to God on high
Dnes spaseniye/Today hath salvation come to earth
Voskres iz groba/When thou hadst arisen from the tomb
Vzbrannoy voyevode/Heaven-elected chieftain

With its reputation for technical excellence, it was only a matter of time before the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala recorded one of the most testing choral works in the a cappella repertory: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil.

With his beloved Russian homeland in turmoil in 1915, Rachmaninoff turned inward: to his deep personal faith and to his country’s glorious sacred music tradition. The result was one of the composer’s most honest and moving works, an aggregation of the Orthodox offices of Vespers, Matins and First Hour that moves from confession to celebration.

Nine of Rachmaninoff’s movements are based on traditional orthodox chant; the rest are freer in form but imbued with the same scented spirituality that lies at the heart of the Russian Orthodox choral sound. Rachmaninoff’s work is reflective and deeply moving. It offers praise, meditation, penitence and proclamation.

Like the composer, the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala – founded by Eric Ericson in 1957 and now under the stewardship of Stefan Parkman – take the text as their starting point. Captured in atmospheric sound at Bälinge Church in Sweden, the choir brings exceptional bend and balance to the score with a rich tutti sound and beautifully plaintive solos from Annika Hudak and Patrik Wallin.

Footprint is proud to release this wholly distinctive and devotional interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece on record, the first from a Scandinavian choir for many years.