Artslandia Interviews Mark Bailey
“What makes this group, Cappella Romana, a good fit for this music? And more generally, what do you enjoy about working with them?
Cappella Romana brings so much to this work, for one, the nuance and expressivity of ancient chant. Rachmaninoff himself was directly inspired by ancient chant, just like the music Cappella is so well-versed in. Cappella understands very much the meaning of religion, how it relates to music, and how that can relate to anyone in the audience, regardless of religious affiliation. The story of the Vigil is a universal one, and yet at the same time, quite personal. Cappella’s continued immersion and commitment to this music makes working with them a real treat and privilege.”
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil:
Cappella Romana’s 24th Annual Season opens with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its premiere in 1915. Impassioned and hauntingly beautiful, the All-Night Vigil is a pinnacle of the Russian choral repertoire. The performances will include psalms and hymns by Tchaikovsky and others to place Rachmaninoff’s work within its larger context.