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Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall, Wells - Towards the Revolution

Lyrical songs of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov are performed, including one of the last compositions Rachmaninov wrote before leaving Russia in 1917, his Six Romances.

This week's Lunchtime Concerts were recorded at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in September 2017, where Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov curated a weekend of short concerts to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Today, lyrical songs of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, including one of the last compositions Rachmaninov wrote before leaving Russia in 1917, his Six Romances.

Prokoviev: Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova Op. 27 (The Sun Has Filled the Room; Real Tenderness; Memory of the Sun; Hello!; The Grey-Eyed King)

Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Prokoviev: The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
A tale by Hans Christian Andersen adapted by Nina Meshchersky

Rachmaninov: Six Romances, Op.38 (In My Garden at Night; To Her; Daisies; The Rat-Catcher; The Dream; A-u! (The Quest)); Do Not Sing My Beauty to Me, Op. 4 No.4

Julia Sitkovetsky (soprano), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Produced by Dominic Jewel for BBC Wales.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova Op. 27

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Singer: Julia Sitkovetsky.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise from 14 Romances Op. 34 no.14

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Singer: Julia Sitkovetsky.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Ugly Duckling Op. 18

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Singer: Julia Sitkovetsky.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Six Romances Op.38

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Singer: Julia Sitkovetsky.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    'Do Not Sing My Beauty To Me' (from 6 Songs Op. 4)

    Singer: Julia Sitkovetsky. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.

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