Saturday 29 August 9 p.m.

Citerna, San Francesco Church

Ilia Kim piano
Introducted by Piero Rattalino

Aleksandr Skrjabin, Sonata No. 9 in F major Op. 68
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Etude in C sharp minor Op. 2 No. 1
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Etude in E major op. 8 n. 5
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Mazurka in E minor Op. 25 No. 3
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major Op. 30
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Feuillet d’album in E flat major Op. 45 No. 1
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Poème Op. 59 No. 1
Aleksandr Skrjabin, Vers la flamme Op. 72
Fryderyk Chopin, Barcarole in F sharp major Op. 60
Fryderyk Chopin, Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 63 No. 3
Fryderyk Chopin, Nocturne in E flat major Op. 55 No. 2
Fryderyk Chopin, Waltz in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2
Fryderyk Chopin, Grande Polonaise brillante précédée d’un Andante spianato in E flat major Op. 22

Alexander Scrjabin was the most visionary of Russian composers and the most mystical among philosophers. To pay tribute to him in the centenary of his death, the pianist Ilia Kim presents a programme of piano music from his earliest late-romantic ventures to his 20th century compositions in which he experimented with harmony to the point of atonalism. It will be interesting to hear, in the course of a single evening, compositions by Scrjabin and by Chopin, the composer from whom Scrjabin drew his major inspiration, enabling us to appreciate in depth the way in which the Russian composer’s art evolved in an original style while maintaining a strong affinity with that of the Pole.
In Scrjabin’s last years music and philosophical conceptions often coincided. This was the case with ‘Vers la flamme’ of 1914, in which the composer wished to express the theory that one day the earth would be destroyed by heat: in this music an increasingly terrifying blast of arpeggios and repeated notes confounds any kind of harmonic and tonal reference.
The concert will be enriched with the introduction by Piero Rattalino, musicologist and one of the great experts on the history of music for this instrument.

On the centenary of the death of Aleksandr Skrjabin