Gramophone Awards 2018 Shortlisted - Choral
Diapason d’Or April 2018 Nouveauté
Grammy Awards 61st Awards (2019) Nominee - Choral Performance
BBC Radio 3 Record Review 3rd February 2018 Recording of the Week
Gramophone Magazine April 2018 Recording of the Month
Two large symphonic tone poems by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov can be experienced on this release: the four-movement symphonic poem 'The Bells' ('Kolokola') op 35, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, for solo voices, choir and orchestra, composed in 1913, and the three 'Symphonic Dances' op 45 from 1940 – the last completed work by the composer, who died in 1943. These outstanding performances of significant compositions of the early 20th-century symphonic repertoire are conducted by Mariss Jansons.
This superlative performance…is one of those stratospherically accomplished, ‘cosmic’ ones that Jansons says he is always trying to attain… Jansons has Rachmaninov in his very soul; but he is also able to capitalise on his remarkable ear for colour, clarity and atmosphere, coupled with his distinctive energy and probing depth of emotional understanding. Gramophone