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Mandelstam and Tchaikovsky – “The Seasons”/ «Времена года»

An evening of poetry and music. This will include a reading of 20 poems by Osip Mandelstam and the playing of Tchaikovsky’s 12 piano pieces, “The Seasons”/ «Времена года». The poems, which will be read between each of the piano pieces, will be read in Russian by Alla Gelich.  The text of the poems and the English translations, by Richard McKane and David Brummell, will be available. 

The pianist will be Nadia Giliova, who graduated from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and the Royal Academy of Music, London.  Nadia has been a prize-winner at a number of  international competitions, including the International Prokofiev Competition in Moscow and the 2003 Grieg international Piano Competition in Oslo.  Since her English debut in 2002, Nadia  has performed at a number of important venues, festivals and music series across Great Britain.  She played “The Seasons” to great acclaim at The Wigmore Hall in 2008.  

The evening will be introduced by David Brummell, who will explain the affinity between Tchaikovsky’s music and Mandelstam’s poetry and how the particular poems to accompany each month of the year were chosen.   

2016 was the 125th anniversary of Mandelstam’s birth. We are dedicating this event to the commemoration of that anniversary and to the memory of our late Chairman, Richard McKane, who was an outstanding translator of Mandelstam.