No one, not even Ken Russell, has made as many films about classical music as Tony Palmer, writer-director of documentaries or dramatizations about Benjamin Britten, Maria Callas, Yehudi Menuhin, Giacomo Puccini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, and others, employing a variety of stylistic approaches. The Harvest of Sorrow offers footage from Rachmaninoff's silent home movies, stock footage of Russia and New York City, a visit to the Russian home from which he reluctantly fled in 1917, passages from the composer's letters and other writings read by John Gielgud, fragments of performances of his works by the orchestra and chorus of the Mariinsky Theater, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and several Russian pianists, and interviews with Gergiev and Rachmaninoff 's grandson and niece.
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