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Bells

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
04-11-2016
Barcode:
0855317003455
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
ODRCD345
Bells
Bells

Description

"All my life I have taken pleasure in the differing moods and music of gladly chiming and mournfully tolling bells." When Rachmaninoff was sent an anonymous letter suggesting he set Edgar Allan Poe's ' The Bells' to music, the idea resonated with his own love of Russia's rich heritage of church bells. As he worked on the piece in Rome, Rachmaninoff was further inspired to be staying in an apartment once inhabited by Tchaikovsky, emphasising "the added stimulus of working in the room where Tchaikovsky had worked, of writing on the table on which he had written." Poe's work, interpreted by Russian Symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont, covers key aspects of life: birth, marriage, fear, death. In 'The Bells', Rachmaninoff takes us on a journey through these milestones. Music brimming with joie de vivre, punctuated by tinkling celesta, reflects the early stages of life. Campana (bells) are used to conjure up wedding chimes in the sumptuous second movement, followed by the iron bells of doom in the third movement and haunting funeral bells in the last, in which the sombre atmosphere ultimately gives way to peace. Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is amongst his most celebrated works, not least for the intoxicating new melody at the heart of the work, created from an inversion of the theme. The soloist is Latvian pianist Vestard Shimkus, who has been described as "a phenomenon" (Paavo Järvi), "superb" (American Record Guide), "inspired" (BBC), and "one of the most remarkable pianists of the young generation" (Piano News). The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra is a team of outstanding musicians fast cementing its reputation as a leading orchestra on the world stage. This CD is released to mark the orchestra's 90th anniversary in 2016. The LNSO is joined by soloists Irina Krikunova (soprano), Yevgeny Akimov (tenor) and Egils Sili (bass-baritone), and directed by acclaimed conductor Andris Poga, who is increasingly in demand worldwide. 'The Bells' also features the exceptional State Choir Latvija, whose versatility, ranging from choral classics to the soundtrack for the BBC's recent production of ' War and Peace' , has garnered widespread praise. The Choir celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Introduction: Allegro Vivace
  3. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation I (Precedente)
  4. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Tema: L'istesso Tempo
  5. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 2: L'istesso Tempo
  6. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 3: L'istesso Tempo
  7. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 4: Piu Vivo
  8. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 5: Tempo Precedente
  9. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 6: L'istesso Tempo
  10. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 7: Meno Mosso, A Tempo Moderato
  11. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 8: Tempo I
  12. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 9: L'istesso Tempo
  13. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 10: L'istesso Tempo
  14. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 11: Moderato
  15. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 12: Tempo Di Minuetto (D Minor)
  16. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 13: Allegro (D Minor)
  17. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 14: L'istesso Tempo (F Major)
  18. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 15: Piu Vivo Scherzando (F Major)
  19. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 16: Allegretto (B Flat Minor)
  20. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 17: (Allegretto) (B Flat Minor)
  21. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 18: Andante Cantabile (D Flat Major)
  22. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 19: A Tempo Vivace
  23. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 20: Un Poco Piu Vivo
  24. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 21: Un Poco Piu Vivo
  25. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 22: Marziale. Un Poco Piu Vivo (Alla Breve)
  26. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 23: L'istesso Tempo
  27. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 24: A Tempo Un Poco Meno Mosso
  28. Rachmaninoff - The Bells, Op. 35 - Allegro, Ma Non Tanto (The Silver Sleigh Bells)
  29. Rachmaninoff - The Bells, Op. 35 - Lento - Adagio (The Mellow Wedding Bells)
  30. Rachmaninoff - The Bells, Op. 35 - Presto (The Loud Alarum Bells)
  31. Rachmaninoff - The Bells, Op. 35 - Lento Lugubre - Allegro - Andante (The Mournful Iron Bells)
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