Music in Colour

Music in Colour

Music in Colour

The Complete Scriabin

Enter a world of swirling soundscapes and vibrant, shimmering musical colours, as the LSO and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev lead a rare journey through Alexander Scriabin's complete symphonies.

> Video: Valery Gergiev on Scriabin and Messiaen

Scriabin, born in Moscow in 1872, had a musical style that was thoroughly his own – intense, ethereal, and full of lyrical melodies and lush orchestra sounds. His symphonies were inspired by a quirky mix of mystical and philosophical ideas, including an unwavering belief in the spiritual power of art. Scriabin held that there was something supernatural about music, that it could reach beyond everyday life and transport those experiencing it into a spiritual realm. As his career progressed, he became fascinated by the marriage of the senses between music and colour, envisioning a multi-sensory unification of the arts that would, in his own words, 'herald the birth of a new world'.

The cornerstones of Scriabin's relatively short career (he died aged 43) include a large body of piano music (some of which you can hear in a series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts at LSO St Luke's, also in April) and five symphonies, which the LSO and Valery Gergiev delve into this spring. March and April's three concerts explore his music – from the First Symphony, a tribute to the divine power of art, to his visionary 'Prometheus, Poem of Fire', via the brilliantly coloured 'Poem of Ecstasy'. These are matched with works that complement Scriabin's mystical outpourings: two meditative pieces by French composer Messiaen and lyrical Romantic piano concertos by Liszt and Chopin.

Music in Colour - London

> Sun 30 Mar 2014
SCRIABIN Symphony No 1
LISZT Piano Concerto No 2
SCRIABIN Symphony No 4 (‘The Poem of Ecstasy’)
Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
London Symphony Chorus

> Thu 3 Apr 2014
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
SHOSTAKOVICH Preludes Nos 6, 17 & 24 
RACHMANINOV Selected Preludes
SCRIABIN Sonata No 5 
SCRIABIN Sonata No 9   
MOZART arr Sudbin Lacrimosa
Yevgeny Sudbin piano

> Thu 10 Apr 2014
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
SCRIABIN Sonata No 3
RACHMANINOV Moments Musicaux Nos 1, 2 & 4
Boris Giltburg piano

> Thu 10 Apr 2014
MESSIAEN L’ascension
SCRIABIN Symphony No 5(‘Prometheus, Poem of Fire’)
SCRIABIN Symphony No 2
Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
London Symphony Chorus

> Sun 13 Apr 2014
MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No 2
SCRIABIN Symphony No 3 (‘The Divine Poem’)
Valery Gergiev conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

Music in Colour - On Tour

> Tue 1 Apr: Brussels
Scriabin Symphony No 3

> Wed 2 Apr: Frankfurt
Scriabin Symphony No 3

> Thu 3 Apr: Dortmund
Scriabin Symphony No 2

> Fri 4 Apr: Freiburg
Scriabin Symphony No 2

> Sat 5 Apr: Paris
Scriabin Symphony No 3

> Sun 6 Apr: Paris
Scriabin Symphony No 2

> Mon 7 Apr: Milan
Scriabin Symphony No 2

> Tue 8 Apr: Turin
Scriabin Symphony No 2

LSO Discovery Lunchtime Concerts

> Fri 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 7 & 21 Mar 2014 12.30pm

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts: Russian Masters

> Thu 27 Mar 1pm
Nikolai Demidenko plays Glinka, Blumenfeld, Medtner and Mussorgsky

> Thu 3 Apr 1pm
Yevgeny Sudbin plays Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Mozart

> Thu 10 Apr 1pm
Boris Giltburg plays Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

> Thu 17 Apr 1pm
Denis Kozhukhin plays Taneyev, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

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