SATURDAY 12 MAY 7.30PM – ENDS APPROX 9.15PM
Lucy Parham & Henry Goodman
Elégie – Rachmaninoff, a heart in exile
In conjunction with Chipping Campden Literature Festival
Regular festival goers will be familiar with the wonderful programmes of words and music compiled and scripted by Lucy Parham. We have presented three such evenings before at the festival, all of which have proved enormously popular. They are all superbly crafted but I have to say that Vicky and I were completely entranced when we saw Lucy and Henry perform this latest one about the life of Rachmaninoff.
Elégie, Lucy Parham’s fifth ‘Composer Portrait’ chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. 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 Rachmaninoff from his youth in 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.
“There is nothing more satisfying than listening to great music, beautifully performed, while, at the same time, learning a little about the world in which it came into being and about the people who created it. Lucy Parham’s concerts offer just that
– a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.” Simon Russell-Beale
To view a trailer of this event click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf_zSQCdXvs
For more information on Lucy Parham see: http://lucyparham.com
Reserved £30 & £25 Unreserved £23 Students £1