Live at the BBC Proms. The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Tadaaki Otaka with Natalya Romanov, Oleg Dolgov and Iurii Samoilov.
Live at BBC Proms: The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Tadaaki Otaka with Natalya Romanov, Oleg Dolgov and Iurii Samoilov.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas
Twill by Twilight
The American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was a pioneer of Gothic and horror fiction and verse, including ‘The Raven’. His poem The Bells inspired the Rachmaninov piece in tonight’s concert. Laura Purcell, author of The Corset and The Silent Companions and Iain Sinclair, whose books include Downriver, join presenter Matthew Sweet. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.
The Bells, Op. 35
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Sleigh bells, wedding bells, warning bells and mourning bells all peal through Rachmaninov’s choral symphony The Bells – which sets a text by Edgar Allan Poe with broad brushstrokes and bright colours.
Borodin’s exotically seductive Polovtsian Dances also features, alongside a world premiere by Huw Watkins inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon.