Bells on tour
Sergei Rachmaninov himself regarded it as one of his best works: the symphonic poem The Bells ("Kolokola") from 1913. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Dmitry Liss, as well as vocal soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, are now performing the work at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, among others. The tour begins with concerts in Graz on November 4 and 5.
There, however, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto, featuring soloist Nikolai Lugansky, along with works by Kodály and Bartók will be heard, before the orchestra’s Rachmaninov program is performed in Vienna on 9 November. "The sound of the church bells dominated all the Russian cities I knew. They accompany every Russian from childhood to death and no composer could escape their influence," said Rachmaninov himself about the bells. In the work, which is based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, he evokes echoes of sleigh bells, wedding bells, fire bells and death bells.
In his vespers for mixed choir a cappella, which will be heard at the concerts in Vienna and Hamburg, Rachmaninov portrays the art of making voices sound like bells. In Luxembourg, the programme also includes the symphonic poem Die Toteninsel and - also with Nikolai Lugansky - the Rhapsodie on a Theme by Paganini. At the concert in the Bremen Glocke, the orchestra, along with violinist Antje Weithaas, will undertake another repertoire excursion: the programme here will include Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and his 4th Symphony.
4. and 5.11.2019, 19:30
Musikverein Graz, Stefaniensaal
Bremen, Die Glocke