Sunday 26th June 7.30pm
St Michael & All Angels’ Church Lower Machen
From Novgorod to Los Angeles
Elégie Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile
Lucy Parham – piano
Henry Goodman – narrator
No one personifies the sense of longing for his homeland more than Rachmaninoff through his music. ‘Elégie is the fifth Composer Portrait concert to be compiled and scripted by Lucy Parham. Known internationally for her Composer Portraits in words and music, pianist Lucy Parham makes a welcome return to this year’s festival with Henry Goodman in a new programme created for 2016 which chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. The narrative, scripted from letters and diaries, follows Rachmaninoff from his youth in Novgorof Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California USA, where he died in 1943.
The programme includes many of his best- loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux and Moments Musicaux, some of his own transcriptions and the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.
Tickets £16 (£13 early bird advance booking)