London Concert Choir: The Bells
29 March 2017 / 19:30
A varied, all-Russian programme from the London Concert Choir with special guests Natalya Romaniw, Andrew Rees and Michael Druiett.
Rachmaninov’s sparkling choral symphony The Bells is set to a Russian translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. In the four movements the soloists, choir and orchestra brilliantly portray the glittering silver sleigh-bells, mellow golden wedding bells, clamorous brass alarm bells and mournful funeral bells charting the journey from youth to the grave. Written in 1913, Rachmaninov declared it his favourite of all his compositions. It’s performed alongside the well-known suite from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, and the grand Polonaise from Act III of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Programme & Performers
Tchaikovsky Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninov The Bells
London Concert Choir
Natalya Romaniw soprano
Andrew Rees tenor
Michael Druiett baritone
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mark Forkgen conductor