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Rachmaninov: The Bells CD

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  • Orchestra: Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov
  • Composer: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Audio CD (2 July 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005MFGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Rock, Fantasy for Orchestra (Utyos), Op. 7
  2. The Bell, Choral Symphony (Kolokola), Op. 35

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In this recording of Rachmaninov's The Bells, the presence of Russian conductor Alexander Anissimov results in a thoroughly idiomatic (and vibrantly dramatic) performance which always knows where it's going, with speeds finely judged, balance immaculate and bags of shape. The male soloists hail from Belarus which also helps, but Helen Field demonstrates that you don't have to be east European to make an impression. A more hard-edged timbre from the chorus would have been welcome but the singing is still marvellously committed and disciplined. There's a nice sense of space around the excellent sound. Sure, the simultaneously released Bells, a stunning all-Russian affair conducted by Mikhail Pletnev on DG, outscores and outguns the Naxos performance on many counts but by no means puts it in the shade. And if you're wavering, the attraction of the fine Anissimov performance of The Rock--a great piece, ravishingly orchestrated--may tip the balance. --Andrew Green

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Fantastic, just love this CD, so powerful and even better knowing I'm singing on it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninov: The Bells, The Rock 10 Dec. 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rachmaninov: The Bells, The Rock is a 1997 Naxos recording starring Helen Field, soprano Ivan Choupenitch, tenor and Oleg Melnikov, bass. Alexander Anissimov leads the National Symphony of Ireland. We also have the pleasure to listen to the RTE Philharmonic Choir. Keith Anderson has written the music notes. Also included are short biographies of the performers, the choir, the orchestra and the conductor. The lyrics are available in Russian and English. I enjoyed this recording thoroughly. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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