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 has created a new programme for 2016. It 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.
Elégie was performed in Lucy Parham’s Word/Play series at Kings Place, London in April 2016 in a specially abridged version for a Coffee Concert.
The full concert version is now touring the UK. Recent and forthcoming venues include St George’s Bristol, St John’s Smith Square, Cheltenham Festival, Salisbury Playhouse, Kings Place, Lower Machen Festival, Sheffield University Concert Series, Apex Bury St Edmunds,Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Hertford Theatre, Stratford Festival and Cambridge International Festival..
Actors narrating and reading Rachmaninoff’s words include Dominic West, Henry Goodman, Simon Russell Beale, Robert Glenister, Tim McInnerny, Alex Jennings, Lloyd Owen and Alistair McGowan.
Further details on this new show will be available here shortly.
Click here to watch the video of Elégie with Henry Goodman.