Rachmaninov: The Bells, Isle of the Dead / Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony

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This release from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Leonard Slatkin conducting presents two dark works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first is the...

This release from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Leonard Slatkin conducting presents two dark works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first is the choral symphony The Bells Op. 35. Written in 1913, the words are taken from the poem ‘The Bells’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont translated the poem loosely into Russian. The Bells is joined on this release by the tone poem Isle of the Dead Op. 29. This work was inspired by a black and white reproduction of Arnold Bocklin’s painting of the same name, which Rachmaninoff viewed in Paris in 1907. The common thread that can be heard throughout both of these pieces is the use of the Gregorian plainchant, the Dies Irae, used as an allusion to death.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 06, 2018


  • UPC: 884300009952


  • Catalog Number: MCD 10020


  • Label: Vox Special Products


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov


  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Chorus, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Arnold Voketaitis, Mariana Christos, Walter Planté