Russia plans 500 Rachmaninov events in 48 hours

Russia plans 500 Rachmaninov events in 48 hours


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2023

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Culture Alla Manilova has proclaimed April 1 and 2 to be Rachmaninov Days, marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth in the Novgorod province in 1873.

He was born on April 1 but for some reason always celebrated April 2 as his birthday.

Rachmaninov left Russia in January 1914 and never returned.


  • Simpson says:

    1918, not in 1914. The communist revolution he fled happened in November of 1917.

  • Brettermeier says:

    Attendance is mandatory. Failure to comply is punishable by death.

  • Music fan says:

    It’s worth remembering that Rachmaninoff fled Russia for a reason. He would doubtless be as ill-disposed toward the Putin government as he was to the Communists. It’s also worth noting that, shortly before his death, Rachmaninoff became a US citizen.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    Will Valentina Lisitsa get a gig? Presumably there are others like her who can only play in Russia and, possibly China now.

  • anmarie says:

    And Gergiev will conduct all of them. In his spare time.

  • Andy says:

    Rachmaninov performed in Russia as late as 1917, and left in December of that year, not January 1914.

  • Tim Walton says:

    Still showing a complete lack of respect for the composer’s wishes by spelling his name incorrectly. N L really should be ashamed of himself. As should the BBC, of course!

  • Serge says:

    “Rachmaninov left Russia in January 1914 and never returned.”

    December 1917 would be more accurate.

  • Albrecht Gaub says:

    He left in 1917, not in 1914.