Forgive me if this isn't the typical intel-type question, but I know we've got a lot of classical music lovers here, including some Rachmaninoff aficionados. Can anyone point me to their favorite recording of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (Opus 37)?
I just got recruited to sing this work kind of last-minute. I have about a month to learn all the music -- and how to pronounce Church Slavonic.
Relating this to politics... um... Keeping the tradition of beauty in art alive is important to the conservative aesthetic, right?
Answer by CandE
Robert Shaw's version is the most popular. I own it and think it to be a marvelous recording. I highly recommend it. That said, the chief complaint against the recording is that it is too "Americanized". If you want a more authentic recording, your best bet is that by Valery Polyansky.
Either way, they are great recordings and beautiful music. Congratulations on a wonderful opportunity to participate in such a great composition.