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BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

Live from the Barbican in London, a concert in which Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Rachmaninov: The Bells. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6.

Semyon Bychkov concludes the 'Beloved Friend' Tchaikovsky project with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the great Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'. In part one of the concert they are joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus and superb soloists in Tchaikovsky disciple Rachmaninov's The Bells, a colourful choral symphony to texts by Edgar Allan Poe.

'All my life I have taken pleasure in the differing moods and music of gladly chiming and mournfully tolling bells', declared Rachmaninov. As he wrote The Bells he combined this obsession with his love of church chant, and his admiration for Tchaikovsky - he even booked rooms in Rome in the very same apartment that Tchaikovsky had taken thirty years before him.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Op.35

8.15 Interval

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op. 74, (Pathétique)

Emily Magee (soprano)
Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor)
Anatoli Sivko (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

2 hours, 25 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Bells Op.35

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Suite No.1 for Two Pianos Op.15 - Waltz

    Performer: Aglika Genova. Performer: Liuben Dimitrov.
    • CPO.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Suite No.4 for Two Pianos Op.62

    Performer: Stephen Coombs. Performer: Ian Munro.
    • Hyperion.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Performer: Emily Magee. Performer: Vsevolod Grivnov. Performer: Anatoli Sivko. Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers, Op.37

    Choir: Glinka Choir of Leningrad.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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