Total Immersion: The Complete Songs By Sergey Rachmaninov


Next Sunday 4th November 2018 I will be performing alongside a host of talented singers and musicians at Pushkin House which is the oldest independent Russian Cultural centre in the United Kingdom. The concert is one of two which has been organised by the fabulous Maya Soltan, the other will be held on Sunday 11th November 2018.  The two concerts aim to cover all of the songs by Sergey Rachmaninov in a rare opportunity to enjoy them all together through live performances.  Maya has been instrumental in both the arranging of the two concerts and the coaching and language preparation for the singers involved.

Sergey Rachmaninov

The two concerts will feature in total 52 musicians from 12 different countries hand picked by Maya Soltan from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Wales International Academy of Voice.  The songs will be introduced by Russian concert pianist Dr. Alexander Karpeyev.

The two songs that I will be performing in Russian are The Answer, Op. 21 no.4, The Lilacs, Op. 21 no.5.  I must personally thank Maya for her help whilst preparing these two songs as it will be my first performance in Russian and without her coaching, it would not have been possible.

More details about the two events and how to buy tickets can be found here.

Performers on the 4th November:

Tamsin Birch, Sofia Celenza, Charlotte Hoather, Mariya Irel, Joohyun Lee, Oxana Lepska, Laura Peresivana, Alice Usher, soprano

Kerri Dietz, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Malvina Maysuradze, Julia Portela Piñón, Rosamunde Thomas, mezzo-soprano

Damian Arnold, tenor

Jonathan de Garis, Adam Maxey, Theodore Platt, Luke Scott, baritone

Benjamin Shilperoort, bass-baritone

Sian Davies, Joe Howson, Rustam Khanmurzin, Esther Knight, Camille Lemonnier, Guy Murgatroyd, Harry Rylance, Maya Soltan, piano

Programme 4th November 2018:

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Morning, Op. 4 no.2
Oh, never sing to me again, Op. 4 no.4

A Prayer, Op. 8 no.6

The world would see thee smile, Op. 14 no.6
O, do not grieve, Op. 14 no.8
As fair as day in blaze of noon, Op. 14 no.9
Love’s flame, Op. 14 no.10
Spring Waters, Op. 14 no.11
Tis time, Op. 14 no.12

The Answer, Op. 21 no.4
The Lilacs, Op. 21 no.5
On the death of a Linnet, Op. 21 no.8
Before the Image, Op. 21 no.10
No Prophet I, Op. 21 no.11
Sorrow in Springtime, Op. 21 no.12

Beloved, let us fly, Op. 26 no.5
Christ is risen Op. 26 no.6
Let me rest here alone, Op. 26 no.9
When yesterday we met, Op. 26 no.13
The Ring, Op. 26 no.14

The Soul’s Concealment, Op. 34 no.2
So dread a fate I’ll never believe, Op. 34 no.7

In my garden at night, Op. 38 no.1
Daisies, Op. 38 no.3
Dreams, Op. 38 no.5

C’etait en Avril (1891)

The Flower has faded (1893)

Were you hiccupping? (1899)

Letter to Stanislavsky (1908)

39 thoughts on “Total Immersion: The Complete Songs By Sergey Rachmaninov

  1. Oh, this sounds wonderful. Not only are the great Russian composers among my favorite, but to know that you are actually performing IN Russian… Well, that’s going to be remarkable. Brava!!

    1. I’m really looking forward to hearing all of the other songs from the different song cycles by Rachmaninoff. It has been hard work but very worthwhile, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Maya is a wonderful coach and I hope that I can learn more Rachmaninoff songs after this concert.
      Best wishes

    1. I’ve had my final rehearsal today and I’m very excited for the performance on Sunday.
      Best wishes

    1. So fortunate to have had this time with Maya, a fabulous coach. I will miss spending time with her each week but hopefully I can arrange more lessons in the future.
      Best wishes

    1. Rachmaninoff’s songs are so beautiful, each one is so full of life and colour. These concerts are such a great opportunity to learn and hear these songs, I’m very excited for Sunday.
      Best wishes

    1. Merci Beaucoup 😊. I think you would enjoy creating art to these songs Pascal, each one is so individual and I hear a lot of colour when I listen to them.
      Best wishes

    1. I was very excited after the audition when Maya said she could allocate me some songs and tuition days. I grabbed the opportunity by both hands.
      Best wishes

  2. Your songs will be in Russian… The Answer and the Lilacs.. Sounds so beautiful.
    Congrats on getting to sing these songs at a very special venue.

    1. I also sing a different arrangement of They Answered in French. This is because the poetry is originally by Victor Hugo, and later set to music by Liszt. So this was an excellent opportunity to expand my interpretation of the poetry and my repertoire.
      Best wishes

  3. How exciting! I would have loved to have been able to attend these recitals, especially the night you will be performing, but sadly I am not. Best of luck, Charlotte!

    1. We will get to meet one of these days Clare, thank you for your good wishes.
      All my best wishes

    1. I have been auditioning all week, its hard to get the knock backs but it’s great when as you say opportunities present themselves and having Russian lessons was just brilliant.
      Best wishes

    1. Thanks Gill, I’m up performing in Tideswell the following weekend and at home for my birthday next week. Unfortunately, I can’t make the second recital, but I am sure it will be marvellous and I hope I will be able to hear his full songs again in the future.
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers I am very grateful. Your kind thought fill me with energy and will fuel my practise.
      Best wishes

  4. How exciting! That you are singing in Russian is quite a feat! I would like to thank Maya, as well. I know your performances will be just splendid. Congratulations, Charlotte! -Resa

    1. It was just a brilliant opportunity, Maya has been a fantastic coach and I’m very excited for Sunday now I hope I do the songs justice.
      Best wishes and thank you Resa,

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