Everybody knows Rachmaninov … until you ask them, and they realise they don't: he's an enigma. And his songs? They’re ravishing, evocative, you hear them and you're instantly won over - but with one of two exceptions they're a mystery to audiences who don't speak Russian and have no idea how they connect with an extraordinary life.
So the Russian soprano Ilona Domnich (who starred as Tatiana in Grange Park Opera’s last Eugene Onegin), the pianist Sholto Kynoch (acclaimed artistic director of the Oxford Lieder Festival), and critic & broadcaster Michael White (distinguished for his contributions to the Independent, New York Times and Radio 3) have put together a words-and-music concert that explains all.
Russian Soul: the Story of Rachmaninov in Song tells a dramatic story that starts in Imperial Russia, ends in Beverley Hills, sweeps through old and new worlds, penniless exile, comfortless fame, and asks searching questions along the way. Who was Rachmaninov, beyond the 6ft scowl he presented to Stravinsky? Why does he matter? And how do those beguiling songs help us to understand his crazy, tragic, glamorous but never dull existence?
Tickets £8 or available as part of a festival 'pass'. For details https://www.perthfestival.co.uk/event-Russian-Soul-the-Story-of-Rachmaninov-in-Song-id1503
Perth Theatre, High St., Perth, UK, Perth, United Kingdom