Ave Maria (Vavilov)
"Ave Maria" is a much-recorded aria, composed by Vladimir Vavilov around 1970. Vavilov himself published and recorded it in 1970 on the Melodiya label with the ascription "Anonymous". It is believed that organist Mark Shakhin, one of the performers on the "Melodiya" LP, first ascribed the work to Giulio Caccini after Vavilov's death, and gave the "newly-discovered scores" to other musicians. The organist Oleg Yanchenko then made an arrangement of the aria for a recording by Irina Arkhipova in 1987, after which the piece came to be famous worldwide.
Selected list of recorded versions
- 1970 – Vladimir Vavilov (vocal Nadezhda Vainer), Melodiya label
- 1980s- Alexander Akimov, arranged for horn solo with mallet accompaniment, Soviet TV  
- 1987 – Irina Arkhipova, arranged by Oleg Yanchenko
- 1994 – Inessa Galante, arranged for organ, on the live album Musica Sacra, Campion label
- 1994 – Ilga Tiknuse, on the album The Organ of Riga Dome vol.3
- 1995 – Inessa Galante, arranged by Georgs Brinums on the album Debut, Campion label
- 1997 – Lesley Garrett, arranged by Nick Ingman, on the album A Soprano Inspired
- 1998 – Charlotte Church, arranged by Nick Ingman, on the album Voice of an Angel
- 1998 – Julian Lloyd Webber on the album Cello Moods
- 1999 – Andrea Bocelli, on the album Sacred Arias
- 2001 – Sumi Jo, arranged by Steven Mercurio, on the album Prayers
- 2003 – Minako Honda, on the album Ave Maria
- 2005 – Hayley Westenra, arranged by Steven Mercurio, on the album Odyssey
- 2008 – Kokia, on the album The Voice
- 2008 – Libera, on the album New Dawn
- 2014 – Jackie Evancho, on the album Awakening
- 2014 – Elina Garanca, on the album Meditation
- 2015 – Tarja Turunen, on the album Ave Maria – En Plein Air
Use in films and trailers
- Donnie Darko (2001)
- Stairway to Heaven (2003 TV series)
- Trollywood (2004)
- Our Lady of the Assassins (2000, American release trailer)
- "Ave Maria" by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and French composer Charles Gounod.
- "Ave Maria" by Austrian composer Franz Schubert.
- Entry "Vladimir F. Vavilov" in Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedic Dictionary (Russian) lists the Melodia label as 1970, not 1972.
- Сергей Севостьянов, "Страницы жизни Владимира Федоровича Вавилова". Журнал «Нева» № 9 (2005).
- "Вавилов Владимир Фёдорович" Иллюстрированный биографический энциклопедический словарь.
- Гейзель Зеев, "История одной Песни" (15 февраля 2005)
- "Ave Maria, G Caccini". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13.
- "Alexander and Sergey Akimov – A Quarter Century in Seoul". www.hornsociety.org.