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Elégie – Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile

with Lucy Parham and Sir Simon Russell Beale

Lucy Parham at piano and Simon Russell Beale as narrator in performance

Pianist Lucy Parham, known internationally for her Composer Portraits in words and music, and Sir Simon Russell Beale present Elégie to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninov.

Elégie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninov. Though he became an exile in 1917, Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul. His cultural identity and his longing for his homeland imbue his music, not least the many much-loved works he wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The narrative, scripted from letters and diaries, follows Rachmaninov from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile in 1917 and finally to California USA, where he died in 1943.

In this concert celebrated Guildhall alumni Lucy Parham and Sir Simon Russell Beale join forces to explore many of Rachmaninov’s 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.

This recital is part of Milton Court's 10th anniversary celebrations

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama

‘This is the crowning glory of Parham’s Composer Portrait series‘
Pianist Magazine
‘Lucy Parham's trailblazing concerts have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.‘
BBC Music Magazine

Celebrating 10 years of Milton Court

This event is part of a season of performances this autumn celebrating a decade of Milton Court

Milton Court Concert Hall

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