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Evgeny Svetlanov

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RACHMANINOV
The Bells
Daniil Shtoda (TENOR)
Elena Prokina (SOPRANO)
Sergei Leiferkus (BARITONE)
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov
BARBICAN, LONDON, 19 APRIL 2002
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PROKOFIEV
Alexander Nevsky
Alfreda Hodgson (MEZZO-SOPRANO)
Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 30 JANUARY 1988

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May 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Russian conductor, Evgeny Svetlanov. This is a fitting coupling of Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, both written by composers closely associated with the conductor. The performance of The Bells was taken from Svetlanov’s last concert in April 2002 - he died just one month later. The Telegraph called it ‘a performance of extraordinary power and intensity’ whilst the Guardian noted that Svetlanov’s admirers had come to hear a ‘Russian musical figurehead who seemed likely to go on forever’.

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SERGEI RACHMANINOV

1873–1943

 

The Bells op.35

1          I Allegro ma non tanto (The Silver Sleigh Bells)       7.23

2          II Lento (The Mellow Wedding Bells)                         11.26

3          III Presto (The Loud Alarum Bells)                 9.05

4          IV Lento (The Mournful Iron Bells)                 12.00

 

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

1891–1953

 

Alexander Nevsky op.78*

5          I Russia under the Mongolian Yoke              2.43

6          II Song about Alexander Nevsky                    3.21

7          III The Crusaders in Pskov                             6.25

8          IV Arise, ye Russian People                            2.22

9          V The Battle on the Ice                                                 12.06

10        VI The Field of the Dead                                  6.47

11        VII Alexander’s Entry into Pskov                    4.40

 

Daniil Shtoda tenor

Elena Prokina soprano

Sergei Leiferkus baritone

 

BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

*Alfreda Hodgson mezzo-soprano

*Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

 

EVGENY SVETLANOV

RACHMANINOV: The Bells 1st Mov

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“This is a phenomenal disc! It shows Evgeny Svetlanov at his incandescent, inspirational best.”

MusicWeb International

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “It is one of the finest live performances I have ever heard on CD' (Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky)”

    Hi-Fi News

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “He matches the cheery brilliance of Daniil Shtoda in the opening movement and incites the chorus to demonic power in the scherzo...the orchestral playing is rich, luminous and lucid of texture. Coupled with Alexander Nevsky, it is a must.”

      Daily Telegraph

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