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Rachmaninov: The Bells & Symphonic Dances / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony

Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Br Klassik   Catalog #: 900154  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg DolgovAlexey MarkovTatiana Pavlovskaya
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Two large symphonic tone poems by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov can be experienced on this new release from BR-KLASSIK- the four-movement symphonic poem "The Bells" ("Kolokola") op 35, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, for solo voices, choir and orchestra, composed in 1913, and the three "Symphonic Dances" op 45 from 1940 – the last completed work by the composer, who died in 1943. Bells have a special importance for every Russian: their cathedrals are distinctive for the sound of pealing bells. Hearing them also left a lasting impression on Rachmaninov. The four stanzas of the poem vividly present the sounds of sleigh-bells,
Read more wedding bells, alarm bells and funeral bells, and these very different moods are masterfully conveyed in the four movements of the most monumental symphonic poem Rachmaninov ever wrote. The "Symphonic Dances" for large orchestra were written in 1940 on Long Island. The first movement contains a quotation from Rachmaninov's (unsuccessful) First Symphony; the second deals with the years between the turn of the century and the Russian Revolution; and the third connects the "Dies Irae" (representing death) with the "Hallelujah" of the Orthodox Liturgy (symbolising the Resurrection). In the last few bars that Rachmaninov ever wrote, a hopeful hymn of praise triumphs over The Last Judgment - possibly a premonition of the composer's imminent death. Read less

Works on This Recording

The Bells, Op. 35 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Oleg Dolgov (Tenor), Alexey Markov (Baritone), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 

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