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Rachmaninov Vespers


Thu 15 Nov 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: St George's Cathedral, 38 St George's Terrace, Perth City, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $50.00
  • Concession: $40.00
  • Under 30s: $22.50
  • Additional fees may apply

100 years ago, the Russian Revolution drove Rachmaninov’s works underground, along with all sacred music and art. In a very different world, we are free to be touched by the divine—experience Rachmaninov’s ethereal Vespers in Perth Cathedral this November.

Sergei Rachmaninov composed the All Night Vigil, known as Vespers, as the Russian Revolution was rising—a time of heightened emotions and great turmoil, brought to life in the classic novel and film, Dr Zhivago.

Now Rachmaninov’s Vespers will be performed in Russian by one of the country’s most accomplished choirs with exquisite mezzo Fiona Campbell, conducted by internationally renowned sacred music expert Dr Joseph Nolan.

Rachmaninov’s Vespers is heavily influenced by the Byzantine chant of the Russian Orthodox churches, now known as the Znamenny chant, a timeless sound of monks at worship that echoes through the centuries.

Soloist Fiona Campbell said: “This performance is going to be a spine-tingling experience. Vespers is among the most beautiful choral writing I’ve ever heard. Rachmaninov loved it so completely that he wanted it performed at his own funeral. Sitting in the Cathedral, you’ll be transported to a sound world of ancient Russia, with sublime chants, harmony and vocal texture.”

By performing this a cappella choral composition in a cathedral, the transcendent experience is heightened. “The Cathedral’s arches and lighting complement the musical architecture of Vespers perfectly—taking you to a place of spirituality and light that is simply other-worldly,” said Dr Nolan.

“When this glorious music is sung by a quality cathedral choir, those who are willing to be touched by it are elevated to a place where a sense of the divine is possible.

“We are blessed that the Consort are not only fine singers, but are extremely intelligent people. Singing the Russian itself is not too problematic as it is largely phonetic, but we have engaged a Russian coach to finesse the accent and more complicated text.”

Tickets available at the Perth Concert Hall or by phoning 9231 9999.