Sunday 19 March 10am Olympic Studios
Tony Palmer film
Rachmaninoff - The Harvest of Sorrow
Multi-award-winning director Tony Palmer presents his film about Sergei Rachmaninoff to mark the 150th anniversary this year of his birth. This 100-minute documentary filmed in Russia, Switzerland and America, celebrates the life and work of a remarkable musician and composer of genius who, forced into exile in 1917, became the greatest composer of his day.
Featuring the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (with which Rachmaninoff was intimately associated) conducted by Valery Gergiev, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. With Rachmaninoff’s own words spoken by Sir John Gielgud, this film is a unique and loving insight into a world long gone, but definitely not forgotten.