This is to give you all advance notice that Rachmaninoff will be playing live on a modern Steinway concert grand, by means of his recorded piano rolls, in a two-hour concert on 7th February 2015, on the main stage of the Royal Festival Hall in London. The concert includes the European premiere of his own performance of the slow movement from the Second Piano Concerto, a roll never published commercially, and also parts of the Cello Sonata, performed by the stunning German-Canadian cellist, Johannes Moser, who has just made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra originally suggested this event, and there is a very brief mention on the orchestra's website:
This will be the first time in the Royal Festival Hall's entire history that a complete player-piano concert has taken place on the main stage. That's in over 60 years, so this is certainly a date for your diary. More details in due course, on this website, on http://www.pianola.org, and anywhere else we can announce it. If Rachmaninoff enthusiasts are likely to travel from distant parts to be there, we may try to organise a reception the same evening, so please let us know.
Rex Lawson, Pianola Institute
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