Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple and the Virgin of the Burning Bush, Russian anon, c. 1598, via Wikimedia Commons
Rachmaninoff composed the All-Night Vigil in less than two weeks during January and February of 1915; it was first performed in Moscow on March 10th of the same year. It was received warmly by both critics and audiences; indeed, it was so successful that it was performed five more times within a month. However, the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the rise of the Soviet Union led to the government condemnation of religious music. Of the All-Night Vigil, it has been written that ‘no composition represents the end of an era so clearly as this liturgical work’.

Of course, Rachmaninoff is chiefly remembered as a composer for the piano and, as a counterpoint to the All-Night Vigil, the concert will feature several of his most celebrated keyboard works.

 
Tickets £20, £17 concessions, £5 under 28s