200523 CPS

Cambridge Philharmonic

The Bells

Saturday 23rd May

7:30 pm

“I worked on this composition fifth feverish ardour”, Rachmaninov wrote, “and it remains, of all my work, the one I like best.” Inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Rachmaninov described The Bells as a ‘choral symphony’. Sleigh bells, wedding bells, alarm bells and funeral bells ring out throughout this stunning symphonic picture, marking birth, marriage, terror and death. For Mussorgsky, only 36 when he began his four Songs and Dances of Death, the spectre of death was a constant presence. Brooding, dark and irresistible, the Songs remain some of the most important works of Russian musical literature. Bartók’s Dance Suite and Rachmaninov’s Russian Songs both have at their core the unmistakeable sound of folk music and they overflow with everything from infectious, toe-tapping rhythms to soulful, melancholic melodies.

Bartók: Dance Suite Sz.77
Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs Op.41
Mussorgsky arr. Shostakovich: Songs and Dances of Death
Rachmaninov: The Bells Op.35

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