Date: Thursday 11 April 2024
Venue: Royal Festival Hall
More info/booking: Icons Rediscovered: Rachmaninov’s The Bells (southbankcentre.co.uk)
In the old Russia of Rachmaninov’s youth, bells rang and chimed throughout the whole of life: the bronze-voiced heralds of joy, terror, love – and oblivion. They peal, too, through Rachmaninov’s great choral symphony The Bells, in music that’s exactly as heartfelt, as gorgeous and as unforgettably tuneful as you’d expect from the composer of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninov thought it was one of his greatest works and Vasily Petrenko agrees, making this London performance a real high point of the series.
It’s the climax of a concert filled with great music that goes beyond your expectations: from Elgar relaxing in the Italian sunshine to a powerful, forgotten cello concerto by Shostakovich’s great friend Mieczysław Weinberg – championed today by the irrepressible Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
This event will have a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter throughout who will be positioned to the left side of the stage.
To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email email@example.com or call Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555.