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It may seem hard to believe, but Sergey Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, also known inaccurately as the Vespers (it is an a cappella setting of several texts from the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil, a ceremonial event combining not only the Vespers but other canonical hours), was not recorded until 1965, half a century after its composition. Until the late 1980s non-Russian recordings were rare, while those made in Russia had to contend with official disapproval from the religion-leery Soviet state. Since then, both Russian ...

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