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Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil turns 100

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The Moscow Synodal Choir premiered Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil on March 10, 1915. Moscow Synodal Choir
16min 22sec : Interview with Charles Bruffy and Vladimir Morosan

100 years ago on March 10, 1915, one of the most popular choral works ever written was premiered in Moscow.

Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote the All-Night Vigil for the Russian Orthodox Church and it was immediately popular. Just a few short years later, however, the Russian Revolution brought an end to all performances of sacred music. Fifty years passed before Rachmaninoff's almost forgotten masterpiece was recorded.

The Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale have just released a new recording of the All-Night Vigil on the 100th anniversary. Music Director Charles Bruffy and Russian choral music expert Vladimir Morosan join Fred to discuss the importance of this music.

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The Moscow Synodal Choir premiered Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil on March 10, 1915. Moscow Synodal Choir