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Monday, 9 October 2017

Russian Bells


From BBC Radio 4

"From Mussorgsky to Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, the unmistakable sound of bells rings through the greatest pieces of Russian music. Composer Llywelyn ap Myrddin takes us on a musical journey todiscover the 'voice of the Russian sky' amid the throng at the Rostov-the-Great Bell Festival. With the aid of pianist Yaroslav Timofeev and musicologist Gerard McBurney, Llywelyn sheds light on the unique complexity of the Russian bell's sound, its chaotic overtones and harmonics, and why its wild untuned state must have enraptured The Mighty Five composers in their quest for a truly national school of Russian music during the 19th century".


Other masterpieces:

Alfred Schnittke HYMN III FOR CELLO, BASSOON, HARPSICHORD AND BELLS (1974) OP. 98 HYMN 3

Alfred Schnittke Hymn № 4

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