Join us for the release of The Clarion Choir's fourth recording, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil ('Vespers'). Over the past decade, The Clarion Choir's exploration and recordings of Slavonic choral repertoire have garnered international attention. While numerous orchestras and pianists will celebrate Rachmaninoff’s anniversary year, The Clarion Choir and Steven Fox wish to make sure that this special corner of the composer's works are looked after. The group will perform Rahcmaninoff's large-scale choral works, together with this special recording release, in the year 2023.
Read an interview with artistic director Steven Fox in BBC Music Magazine on this new recording.
"Fox has lived with the work for over 20 years, gaining an intimate understanding of its ever-changing textures... Fox 'plays' his choir, moulding the 32 singers into a single expressive instrument, attuned to his silkily nuanced dynamics and careful husbanding of climaxes...Lovingly sculpted, the refulgent soundscapes glow." - BBC Music Magazine
'It used to be that Russian choirs had the edge in recording material from that country, but New York's Clarion Choir has gotten the drop on them with a world premiere of music by Alexander Kastalsky. The sound, from New York's St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church, is all that could be desired.'
James Manheim, AllMusic
‘A Magnificent Discovery. This recording…boasts marvellously committed fervent singing from the Clarion Choir under Steven Fox and deserves the widest possible dissemination.’
- Eric Levi, BBC Music Magazine