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Work: The Bells, for choir and orchestra, Op.35

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ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei (1873-1943)
Period20th century
Year1913
Work typeChoral
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HoustonRachmaninov’s The Bells

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Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Javier Perianes; Houston Symphony Chamber Chorus

Dallas1812 Overture

Rachmaninov, Liszt, Tchaikovsky
Dallas Symphony Orchestra; James Gaffigan; Yefim Bronfman; Mane Galoyan; Sergei Skorokhodov; Andrei Bondarenko
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Royal Choral Society impresses with Russian music

Natalya Romaniw © Patrick Allen, Opera Omnia
Intended to signify the contribution of Russian music to the Western canon, the Royal Choral Society gave admirable performances of two major choral works, rarely heard in Winchester Cathedral.
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Beloved Friend: a provocative Pathétique

Semyon Bychkov © Musacchio & Ianniello
“Beloved Friend” is the term Tchaikovsky used to address Nadezhda in his letters, and it is the title Semyon Bychkov has given to his Tchaikovsky series, of which this concert with the BBCSO closed the Barbican leg.
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Masquerade: Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO in Lucerne

Mariss Jansons © Marco Borggreve
During the Lucerne Easter Festival, Mariss Jansons conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in three highly charged works. 
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Thomas Søndergård and his Welsh forces score a hit with Rachmaninov’s The Bells

Anastasia Kalagina © Andy Buchanan
In a quirky programme featuring English, Welsh and Russian music the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales began their new season at St David’s Hall showcasing, with mixed results, their composer-in-association Huw Watkins, Elgar and three Russian composers at different stages in their careers.
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Sunday bells resound in the Concertgebouw

James Gaffigan © Mat Hennek
The bells of Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Pärt resound and reverberate in The Main Hall of the Concertgebouw.
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