Rachmaninoff: The Bells & Adams: Harmonium

Robert Shaw & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninoff The Bells Adams Harmonium
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    1. Adams: Harmonium: I. Negative Love 10:06
    2. Adams: Harmonium: II. Because I Could Not Stop for Death 13:58
    3. Adams: Harmonium: III. Wild Nights 11:10
    4. Rachmaninoff: The Bells: I. Allegro 6:33
    5. Rachmaninoff: The Bells: II. Lento 11:22
    6. Rachmaninoff: The Bells: III. Presto 8:23
    7. Rachmaninoff: The Bells: IV. Lento lugubre 12:04
GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Choral Performance Other Than Opera
Rachmaninoff's choral symphony, The Bells, is based on a Russian version of Edgar Allan Poe's poem by that title. The Russian version, written by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont, is slightly shorter than Poe's original, and ends in a somewhat more peaceful, sentimental fashion.

Harmonium, by the American composer John Adams, was the composer's first commissioned work during his tenure as Composer-in-Residence to the San Francisco Symphony from 1979 to 1985. The piece is a set to the texts of three poems, one by John Donne (Negative Love) and two by Emily Dickinson (Because I Could Not Stop For Love and Wild Nights).

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