Tenebrae Choir
Rachmaninov & the Russian Choral Tradition

Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 5:00 pm

Duke Chapel


For “precision of tone and flawless intonation,” says The Times (UK), “Nigel Short’s Tenebrae is pretty much unbeatable.” With keen sensitivity to acoustic space, these distinguished peers of the Tallis Scholars and Stile Antico bring uncanny grace to vintage and contemporary chorales.

Tenebrae bested itself to win the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Award for Choral Music, for which it was doubly nominated. Now these 18 unbeatable voices enrapture Duke Chapel with an evening of liturgical music in the rich, exemplary Russian tradition. The robust program features favorites from Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil and contemporary canon entries by Welsh composer Paul Mealor, whose Ubi Caritas et Amor premiered at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

“A more polished choral singing would be hard to find anywhere.” —BBC Music Magazine

Program

RACHMANINOV: “Priidite” from All-Night Vigil
RACHMANINOV: “Great Litany” from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31
RACHMANINOV: “Cherubic Hymn”
RACHMANINOV: “Alleluia” from All-Night Vigil
CHESNOKOV: “Cherubic Hymn”
KALINNIKOV: I will love Thee, O Lord
MEALOR: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
MEALOR: Salvator Mundi
RACHMANINOV: “Bogoroditse Devo” from All-Night Vigil
ARVO PÄRT: The Beatitudes
MEALOR: Locus Iste
MEALOR: Ubi Caritas
CHESNOKOV: Svete Tihi
RACHMANINOV: “Nunc Dimittis” from All-Night Vigil
TCHAIKOVSKY: When Jesus Christ Was Yet a Child
KEDROV: Pater Noster
RACHMANINOV: “Vzbrannoy Voyevode” from All-Night Vigil

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