Vespers Rachmaninov

Recently, Marcel N. Verhoeff, chief conductor of the Don Cossack Choir of Russia, made a recording of Sergei Rachmaninov's Vespers with the Russian Academic Boys- and Male Choir from Moscow. These recordings were well received by international critics, especially because Verhoeff worked together with a Boy's and Male' choir. This was also the way the work was performed during its premiere in 1915 by the Moscow Synodal Choir. At that time the work was so succesfull that it was performed another five times in one month. It is often said that no other composition marks the end of an era so clearly as this liturgical work. Verhoeffs recording was produced under the auspices of Strengholt Netherlands and published by the Austrian label VSM Records (Feldkirch, AU).

From January, 5 to 12 this special recording is the price cd of the week on Dutch Public Radio 4. During this week, it is possible to buy the cd with a special discount (€17,50 instead of €20). This special discount is only availible at our partner, the Netherlands-Russia Centre.


  1. All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 1, O Come, Let Us Worship         2:39
  2. All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 2, Praise the Lord, O My Soul     5:51
  3. All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 3, Blessed is the Man         5:12

Theatrical seasons 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

There will be now tour of the Don KosakenChor Russland in het Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in the 2018-2019 season. We are currently re-organizing to ensure a return to the International Stage in the season 2019-2020. In that season we will return weith a surprising new program. Further details will be announced in the course of this season. We hope to meet you again in 2019-2020 at one of the Russian or European stages.

About the Don KosakenChor Russland

The Don KosakenChor Russland was established in 1992 after then president Jeltsin gave permission to award the Cossacks elite corps status. The choir celebrated its first lustrum in 1999 and was awarded the status of “Army choir of the great Don Army.” In the year 2000 it performed at the White House in Moscow. This concert represented a big break and led to sold out concerts all over Europe. Many European television broadcasters such as, the NOS-Journaal, RTL-Deutschland and RTL-Nederland reported on the Moscow concert. The Don KosakenChor Russland then recorded a CD in Moscow and shot the first takes of a television special in june 2001.

Unique live registration available ‘A Cossack Serenade’

Currently, the Don Cossack Choir Russia is touring along Dutch and German theatres with the special programme ‘A Russian Serenade’. Everywhere audiences receive this extraordinary performance enthusiastically. One of the performances has been recorded and published in a limited edition. For only €20 (excl. €2 shipping) it is possible to obtain a CD with these special recordings!

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Live recording from the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the series 'Sunday morning concerts' AVRO TROS

On December 21, 2014 the Don KosakenChor Russland & Instrumental Soloists Ensemble ‘Philarmonia’ performed in a sold-out Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. You can listen to this concert through this link. Also you will find more information here.