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Rachmaninov: Spring, Women's and Men's Dances (Aleko), Three Russian Songs

BBC Proms, 2011 Season, Prom 22 Episode 1 of 2


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The third Proms Choral Sunday explores the unique sound world of Rachmaninov. Three contrasting short works are framed by his cantata, Spring, which he composed in 1902 just after his famous Second Piano Concerto, and the evocative choral symphony, The Bells, composed a decade later.

The Russian text of Spring tells of a man who harbours murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter, but is released from his anger and frustration by the return of spring. For The Bells, Rachmaninov turned to a Russian translation of poems by Edgar Allan Poe, and the work's four movements mirror the human life span from birth to death through the 'Silver Sleigh Bells', 'Mellow Wedding Bells', 'Loud Alarum Bells' and 'Mournful Iron Bells'.

Rachmaninov: Spring
Rachmaninov: Aleko - Women's and Men's Dances
Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs

Svetla Vassileva (soprano)
Misha Didyk (tenor)
Alexei Tanovitski (bass)

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 3rd August at 2pm.

Release date:

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 31 Jul 2011 19:00

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