Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss
Alongside the Moscow and St Petersburg orchestras, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Russia's best-known orchestras. The orchestra appears in Hamburg for the first time together with the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir in a concert featuring two large-scale works by Rachmaninov: the choral symphony »The Bells« and the rarely-heard »Great Vespers Liturgy«.
»Church bells are the predominant sound in every Russian city I know. They accompany every Russian from birth to death, and no composer is able to elude their influence.« – This comment is attributed to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov.
In Edgar Allan Poe's poem »The Bells«, church bells mark four important stages in a man's life: the spring of his life, marriage, setbacks and the death knell by his grave. Rachmaninov read the poem in a Russian translation, and the text inspired him in 1913 to write a large-scale cantata for three soloists, choir and orchestra.
Rachmaninov's »Great Vespers Liturgy« was written for a cappella choir in 1915, in the middle of the First World War. Using Orthodox hymns and prayers, mostly in combination with folk music, and his own musical style, Rachmaninov created a deeply emotional work with a lush Late Romantic sound.
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir
Yekaterina Goncharova soprano
Egor Semenkov tenor
Yuri Laptev baritone
choir direction / conductor Andrei Petrenko
conductor Dmitry Liss
Ganznächtliche Vigil op. 37
- Interval -
Kolokola (Die Glocken) op. 35 für Solisten, Chor und Orchester
Estimated end time
Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:00
Der Klang der Stimme / The Sound of the Voice, Zeise Kinos, Großer Saal
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