Russian Soul: The Story of Rachmaninov in Song
Ilona Domnich soprano
Sholto Kynoch piano
Michael White speaker
Tuesday 12 November 7.30pm at St Marks Hamilton Terrace
Everybody knows Rachmaninov, until you ask them and they realise they don't: he's an enigma. And the songs? You hear them and you're instantly won over, but with one of two exceptions they're a mystery to audiences who don't know 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, and the critic & broadcaster Michael White have put together a words-and-music concert package that sets out to explain the connection.
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? What did he leave the future? And can a western world that hasn’t even reached agreement on how to spell his name ever come to terms with what his music is about?
TICKETS: £18, £12 (student)