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Rachmaninoff: The Bells; Spring; Three Russian Songs / Svetla Vassileva, soprano; Misha Didyk, tenor

> Vesna (Spring), Op. 20 - Vesna (Spring), Op. 20
> 3 Russian Songs, Op. 41 - No. 1. Over the stream, the swift stream
> 3 Russian Songs, Op. 41 - No. 2. Ah, Vanka, you are so dashing
> 3 Russian Songs, Op. 41 - No. 3. My cheeks, so white, so rosy!
> Kolokola (The Bells), Op. 35 - I. Allegro, ma non tanto
> Kolokola (The Bells), Op. 35 - II. Lento
> Kolokola (The Bells), Op. 35 - III. Presto
> Kolokola (The Bells), Op. 35 - IV. Lento lugubre - Allegro - Andante - Tempo I

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Russian Songs (3) for chorus & orchestra, Op. 41
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the 7th and final volume in Chandos' Rachmaninoff series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic led by Noseda. The disc was recorded live at this year's Proms in Royal Albert Hall, London. Rachmaninoff composed his "choral symphony" The Bells, in 1913. It takes its inspiration from poems by Poe. Spring, composed in 1902, uses relentless and lively percussion to reflect the composer's mindset at the time: He was hungry to write music once again after suffering from a 3 year bout of writer's block and depression. The 3 Russian Songs are poignant, gem-like time capsules of a Russia now irretrievably lost written in 1926 when Rachmaninoff was living and touring as a pianist in America.

"The Mariinsky's strongest suit is probably its distinctly Russian tone...Alas, the dramatic engagement one might have expected from an opera chorus is here virtually nonexistent...The Bells itself is beautifully played, but with rather literal fidelity to the score. This approach works well enough in the funereal final movement with its echoes of Isle of the Dead. Noseda's avoidance of rubato, though, rather misses the poetry of the golden bells." -BBC Music Magazine

"Noseda handles [The Bells] skilfully, with sensitivity to the contrasted moods and to the orchestral detail as well as the balance with the chorus and soloists...and the grim finale is kept at a firm and solemn pace...[in 'Spring'] Tanovitsky broods impressively as the peasant, phrasing sensitively, and Noseda does well to make formal sense of the piece." -International Record Review

Classic FM Magazine
The big moments in this live Proms recording - like the all-choral third movement, evoking supernatural 'alarm bells' - thrill the ear, with a professional Russian chorus to add extra quality, and there's fine solo singing in the other three movements.

The Guardian
Noseda shapes both ['Spring' and the Three Russian Songs] works sympathetically but inevitably responds more vividly to the more expansive canvas of The Bells; all the performances have the benefit of the Russian soloists and the wonderful chorus of the Mariinsky Opera.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (07/31/2011).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20
  • Performers: Misha Didyk (Tenor); Svetla Vasilieva (Voice); Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Russian Songs (3) for chorus & orchestra, Op. 41
  • Performers: Misha Didyk (Tenor); Svetla Vasilieva (Voice); Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1926

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35
  • Performers: Misha Didyk (Tenor); Svetla Vasilieva (Voice); Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1913.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913