Music for Vespers
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. From Sergei Rachmaninoff's Solemn Vespers, this is the Nunc dimittis, the Song of Simeon, which we say or sing every night at Evening Prayer. It goes like this:
Lord, you now have set your servant free, to got in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.
In addition to being wonderfully beautiful, this piece also features the lowest of the low bass notes at the end. For that reason, there are not that many successful recordings/performances of this piece. Rachmaninoff hoped it would be sung at his funeral, but it was not. Perhaps the appropriate singers were not available.
This recording from Robert Shaw's Festival Singers, performed in Quercy, France, is the best I've ever heard. If you like it, bookmark it and return to it for evening prayer whenever you can.