Rachmaninov’s career took him from the twilight
of Imperial Russia to the cocktails and swimming
pools of Beverly Hills. And yet something timeless
echoes throughout everything he wrote: the ancient
znamenny chants of the Russian Orthodox Church.
They’re present in the long, singing melodies of
his mighty Third Piano Concerto – performed
here by the “phenomenal” (Frankfurter Allgemeine)
Behzod Abduraimov. They haunt the glittering,
Art Deco world of the brilliant Symphonic Dances.
And they’re the profoundly beautiful soul of his
Vespers, written to console in the darkest days
of the Great War. With the BBC Singers, singing
a specially abridged version of the Vespers,
Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC SSO explore
musical roots that run deeper than any words.
Please note there will be two intervals during this concert.