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A whiff of incense as the Proms explore Rachmaninov and religion

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Rachmaninov was not an especially religious man, yet he composed religious music, most famously the haunting All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) which was the climax to this evening's two Proms. 
****1
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Austere, but diverse Russian Orthodox chant in St Petersburg

Drevnerusskiy Rospev © Gavin Dixon
  Orthodox chant of the 17th century, beautifully sung, and programmed to highlight the telling details that create diversity within the tradition.
****1
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