Rachmaninoff | Taneyev | Rimskij-Korsakov

Honorary conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko brings opulent music from Russia to the Kölner Philharmonie and performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's epic choral symphony »The Bells« with a top-class trio of soloists and the powerful-voiced Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. Based on a sonorous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, Rachmaninow's masterpiece invites the listener to a fascinating journey through the whole cycle of life. Sergei Taneyev's »St. John of Damascus« is a compelling cantata between orthodox severity and polyphonic awakening. The opening of the concert belongs to Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov's orchestral suite »The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh«, in which the listener immerses in the enchanting world of Russian legends.

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Russian Legends

Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow »The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya« Suite in four tableaus (1904)

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Dmitrij Kitajenko Conductor


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»St. John of Damascus«

Sergej Taneev »St. John of Damascus« Cantata for mixed choir and orchestra (1883/84)

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Dmitrij Kitajenko Conductor


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»The Bells«

Sergej Rachmaninow »The Bells« Poem for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra (1913)

Anna Samuil Soprano
Dmytro Popov Tenor
Vladislav Sulimsky Bass-Baritone
Czcech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Dmitrij Kitajenko
Conductor


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Backstage Interview

Dmitrij Kitajenko in a backstage interview with Holger Noltze (Takt1)



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