Cynthia Raim, piano
David Allen Wehr, piano

Friday, December 04, 2020 - 6:00 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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About This Performance

Note: The Raim/Wehr recital replaces the Pamela Frank/Emanuel Ax performance originally scheduled for this date.

PCMS favorite Cynthia Raim is joined by her longtime piano partner, David Allen Wehr, for a rarely-heard, two-piano, four-hands, all-Rachmaninov program. Lauding the duo’s recording of the Suites for Two Pianos, a Pianoforte critic raved: “Here are two fine artists who sound as if they might have stepped right out of a Russian academy. They allow the composer’s melodies and phrases a natural shape without ever imposing technique on them, with a great feeling of contrast, light and shade.”

Rachmaninov: Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, Op. 5, Fantaisie tableaux
Rachmaninov: Duets, Op. 11 [Sel.]
Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

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The Artist(s)

Cynthia Raim, piano
Cynthia Raim came to international attention when she was unanimously chosen as the First Prize Winner of the 1979 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, after winning First Prizes in the 1977 Three Rivers National Piano Competition in Pittsburgh and the J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington DC. She has been acclaimed for her concerto,… Read More
David Allen Wehr
David Allen Wehr, piano
David Allen Wehr was born in Princeton, New Jersey, to a musical family. He grew up in Boise, Idaho, where his parents, both graduates of Westminster Choir College, directed a fourteen-choir program at the Methodist Cathedral of the Rockies. Wehr studied with Peggy Neighbors Erwin in Miami, Florida, Edward Zolas at the Cleveland Institute of Music,… Read More


Sergei Rachmaninoff "Suite No. 1 for 2 Pianos, Op. 5" - Pianists David Allen Wehr & Cynthia Raim
Rachmaninoff - Suite no. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17