London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Tatiana Monogarova Soprano
Sergei Skorokhodov Tenor
Vladimir Chernov Baritone
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Tolling Russian bells resound throughout the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-Russian programme. Rachmaninov’s grand choral symphony The Bells charts a startling journey from birth to death in music of jubilation, passion and redemption. Vladimir Jurowski directs three Russian-born soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in this moving masterpiece based on verse by Edgar Allan Poe.
The same writer is the inspiration behind the vivid musical storytelling in Myaskovsky’s Silentium, which follows Edison Denisov’s mysterious and impressionistic Bells in the Fog. The colourful Second Concerto for Orchestra by Rodion Shchedrin, named ‘The Chimes’, evokes the bells and powerfully expressive chant of ancient Russia.
‘The orchestral sound glowed, glittered and swooned’ The Guardian
Rodion Shchedrin : Concerto for Orchestra No 2 ‘The Chimes’
Nikolai Myaskovsky : Silentium
Edison Denisov : Bells in the Fog
Sergei Rachmaninov : The Bells