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Beethoven: The Man Revealed with John Suchet 9pm - 10pm
29 May 2018, 17:16
You won't believe how expressive the Theremin sounds in this performance.
Vocalise is the last of the 14 songs composed and published in 1915 by the great Russian composer Rachmaninov. Dedicated to Antonina Nezhdanova, it is written for soprano and piano.
What's unusual about this piece is there are no words. Instead, the singer may sing the melody to a vowel sound of their choice.
There have been countless instrumental arrangements of this heavenly piece, but if you are going to imitate a beautifully lyrical melody for voice, few instruments come close to the sound of the Theremin.
And there can't have been (m)any performances like this, in which the extremely talented Carolina Eyck performs the piece on the Theremin, with Christopher Tarnow on the piano.