Rachmaninov – All-Night Vigil, Op.37: VI: Bogoroditse Dyevo
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross, conductor
From Veni Emmanuel – Music for Advent (2013)
Released by Harmonia Mundi
Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil, Op.37: VI: Bogoroditse Dyevo
The familiar hymn Veni Emmanuel is emblematic of the Advent season: a period of reflection upon the meaning of Christ’s coming. Framing this programme, the hymn paraphrases the great “O” Antiphons (plainchant settings traditionally sung on the days leading up to Christmas), complemented here by later works echoing their rich imagery and symbolism.