Freddy Kempf to play Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto at Cambridge Corn Exchange

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 13 April 2017

Freddy Kempf will play with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange

Freddy Kempf will play with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange

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Rachmaninov’s Concerto No 2 (used as the theme music for the film Brief Encounter and in other films, including Grand Hotel, starring Greta Garbo) will be played by international pianist, Freddy Kempf, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday, May 11.

The piece was written by Sergei Rachmaninoff around 1900.

The second and third movements were first performed with the composer as soloist and the complete work was premiered, again with the composer as soloist, on 9 November 1901 with his cousin Alexander Siloti conducting.

The piece made his name. His first concerto was not well received leaving him plunged into depression but the second’s success lifted him out of it. As well it might.

The orchestra, conducted by Yuri Botnari, will also play Shostakovich’s effervescent Festive Overture, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

There is a pre-concert talk starting at 6pm at the nearby Cambridge University Press Bookshop in which Freddy Kempf will be in conversation with the Corn Exchange’s composer in residence Jay Richardson. This event is free of charge to concert ticket holders.

Concert Tickets £30-£40, students, £12.50, under 26s £12.50 in zones B and C from 01223 357851 or www.cornex.co.uk or tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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