Rachmaninoff & Friends: Olena Tokar & James Baillieu

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert | NB change of artist

Fri 11 Feb 2022 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

Rimsky-Korsakov The Nightingale and the Rose; The Nymph; It Was Not The Wind; A Farewell; The Flying Chain of Clouds is Thinning; The Larks Song is Ringing Louder 
Alma Schindler-Mahler Die stille Stadt; In meines Vaters Garten; Laue Sommernacht; Bei dir ist es traut; Ich wandle unter Blumen
Rachmaninoff Dreams; The Lilacs; How Fair This Spot; Night is Mournful; They Answered; What Happiness; Spring Waters

Olena Tokar soprano
James Baillieu piano

Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s)

NB Unallocated seating

£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys



Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Rachmaninoff’s life and career crossed over the 19th and 20th centuries, and took him from Europe to the US. In this series we hear his music alongside works by his friends and contemporaries.

Soprano Olena Tokar and pianist James Baillieu explore the songs of Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries: music as intimate as it is ardent.

‘Spellbinding’ was how one critic recently described the Ukrainian soprano Olena Tokar; another praised the ‘sensuous, translucent fragility’ of her singing. In other words, she’s a near-ideal interpreter of the songs of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Russian contemporaries, and today she performs a personal selection: miniature dramas of yearning, tenderness and delight, charged with all of Rachmaninoff’s unrivalled gift for atmosphere and melody.

Change of artist
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Igor Gryshyn is unable to travel to London to perform in this BBC Radio 3 Concert on 11 February. We are grateful to pianist James Baillieu for agreeing to step in at short notice, with no change to the programme.
Posted 9.30am Tue 1 Feb

Good to Know

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How are seats at LSO St Luke's arranged?

The majority of our seats are no longer socially-distanced, however some rows of seats in the stalls remain configured in socially-distanced singles and pairs, for those that would prefer to use them. All seats are unallocated – you may book for stalls or balcony, and are then free to sit wherever you wish.

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Visitors are not currently required to present an NHS Covid pass or proof of a negative Covid test result, but you are strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow test before attending while infection rates are still high.

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