GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Engineered Recording, Classical
During the second annual Robert Shaw Institute of Music Festival held in July 1989 in south-central France, Telarc recorded the Vespers setting by Rachmaninoff. Vespers is a musical setting for a night-long service celebrated in Russian monasteries and Russian orthodox churches. Written at the height of Rachmaninoff's compositional powers, the Vespers setting is considered to be the finest of his sacred works. This lush and beautiful composition for unaccompanied voices, in an eloquent performance by Robert Shaw and his talented festival chorus, is captured dramatically by Telarc in the spacious acoustic of the Church of St. Pierre, Gramat, France.