Ambassadors for one of the most exciting choral traditions in Europe, the singers of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir are renowned for the warmth, depth and intense spirituality of their glowing performances.
Making a rare trip to Britain and a welcome return to the Festival, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir presents music from their homeland and from Russia, influenced by the profound passions of Orthodox chant.
Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, also known simply as his ‘Vespers’, is the composer’s vivid reinterpretation of a traditional Orthodox service celebrating the eternal light of Christ. This hugely expressive, intensely moving music is considered one of his finest achievements.
In the first half, the Choir performs a selection of shorter pieces: the distinctively clear, ringing Two Slavonic Psalms by Arvo Pärt; Schnittke’s richly scored Three Sacred Hymns; and three lush, Romantic works by Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek.
‘Pure and impassioned, astounding choral artists’
The Wall Street Journal
Daniel Reuss Conductor
Pärt Two Slavonic Psalms
Schnittke Three Sacred Hymns
Kreek Psalm of David 22
Psalm of David 104
Blessed is the Man
Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil