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Prom 28: Rachmaninov, Borodin and Huw Watkins

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

Takemitsu:
Twill by Twilight

Huw Watkins:
The Moon

c. 7.35pm
Interval:
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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.

c.7.55pm
Rachmaninov:
The Bells, Op. 35

Borodin:
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Natalya Romanov
Oleg Dolgov
Iurii Samoilov

BBC National Chorus of Wales
Philharmonia Chorus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka

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.

2 hours, 14 minutes

Music Played

  • Toru Takemitsu

    Twill by Twilight

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • Huw Watkins

    The Moon

    Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Bells

    Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances

    Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Harold Arlen

    Get Happy (Summer Stock)

    Composer: Ted Koehler. Singer: Kim Criswell. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • The Best Of The John Wilson Orchestra.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 4.

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