In Review: Matt Boehler sings Rautavaara's "Viglia" at the Cathedral of St. John of the Divine



"...well, it says nothing against those four soloists, but the solos here were above all (below all?) written for bass. Perhaps basso profundo, but more likely the bass of the Russian Metropolitan. Rautavaara was influenced by the Russian church, but he also confessed to the influence of Prokofiev’s music from Ivan the Terrible. And here, bass Matt Boehler showed not only the widest range, but some low notes (a low C? Or B flat?) that were clear and sometimes haunting"


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