Posts Tagged ‘Skrjabin’

This week on Limenmusic Web tv: Limen Ensemble in concert

From December 29th 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Limen Ensemble plays Franco Donatoni.

The musical group, directed by Yoichi Sugiyama,  is made up of:
Cristina Ardizzone (violin)
Eiichi Chijiiwa (violin)
Giorgio Casati (cello)
Matteo Del Soldà (viola)
Elitza Demirova (violin)
Arianna Dotto (violin)
Paolo Fumagalli (viola)
Luca Magariello (cello)
Saya Nagasaki (violin)
Samuele Sciancalepore (double-bass)
Livio Salvatore Troiano (violin)

You can also enjoy:

Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Valentino Zucchiatti and Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert
Silvia Chiesa and Maurizio Baglini play Mendelsshon
Aki Kuroda plays Skrjabin
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.16

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Corrado Rojac plays Pozzoli, Brehme and Bach
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Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
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This week on Limenmusic Web Tv: Aki Kuroda in concert

From December 22nd, 2010 on Limenmusic Web Tv (Channel 1): Aki Kuroda plays A. N. Skrjabin.

In homage to the Russian composer and pianist Alexander Skrjabin, she performs for us:

Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.4 Op. 30 (1903)
Scriabin – Sonata for piano n.9 Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1912-1913)
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For the trailer of the concert, please click here.

You can also enjoy:

Alfonso Alberti – Ritratto di Niccolò Castiglioni
Enrico Dindo and Monica Cattarossi play Piazzolla
Valentino Zucchiatti and Takahiro Yoshikawa in concert
Corrado Rojac plays Pozzoli, Brehme and Bach
Tatiana Larionova – 6 Moments musicaux Op.16

Look at the schedule.

We remember you that the concerts no longer present in the Channel 1 schedule will be avaible in the On Demand area of the Web Tv.

Takahiro Yoshikawa plays Chopin
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Vanessa Benelli Mosell in concert
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Maurizio Baglini – Quadri da una esposizione
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Skrjabin’s Nocturne Op. 9

Alexsandr Nikolaevič Skrjabin (1872-1915) at the beginning of the Nineties was successfully building a career as a virtuoso piano player, although he already proved his talent as a composer (he wrote his first work at thirteen).

Unfortunately, in 1893 an illness made him unable to use the right hand – a condition very hard to endure. Only in 1895 he had the possibility to resume his career, but in the meantime he at least partly overcame the gloomy moods of that period writing two really challenging compositions for the left hand only: a Prélude and a Nocturne, that together form his Opus 9. A real tour de force for the daring pianist, the Nocturne in particular isn’t simply a showing of technical prowess, it’s also a turning point in his exploration of the music’s world. As Piero Rattalino wrote in his Storia del pianoforte [History of the piano], «It is possible to see the shift from conceptions of the sound that are still Chopinian-Henseltian, to Skrjabinian conceptions in the Nocturne op. 9 #2 for the left hand; the starting point, that is almost plagiarized, is the second movement of Haneselt’s Concerto, but the very quick movements of the hand, needed for jumping awesome distances across the keyboard, cause a different attack of the key and a sound tone that isn’t romantic anymore». His sound constructions are not movements of lines or masses, but «movements of light beams inside a nebula».

It will be possible to appreciate these first steps of Skrjabin towards his mature style in Aki Kuroda’s concert (tomorrow on Limenmusic Web Tv @ www.limenmusic.com – Channel 1). Aki’s mastery of this

For a trailer of the concert, Click here

Equally remarkable is the taste Aki Kuroda shows in choosing the programs of her performances, often giving to her audience vibrant renditions of not-so-well-known works, and enlivening this way our appreciation of the musical universe. In this case, the theme is «the left hand»: the Skrjabin’s Nocturne is paired with one of the Piano Studies of Brahms, based on Bach’s Ciaccona from a Partita for Violin – not a lesser technical challenge.

As a conclusion, the complete Italian passage of the above quotation from Rattalino’s book:

Si può cogliere il passaggio da concezioni del suono ancora chopiniano, henseltiane a concezioni scriabiniane nel Nottuno op. 9 n. 2 (1894) per la sola mano sinistra; il punto di partenza, che quasi viene plagiato, è il secondo tempo del Concerto di Henselt, ma i rapidissimi spostamenti della mano, necessari a coprire enormi distanze sulla tastiera, provocano un attacco del tasto diverso e una sonorità non più romantica.

[…] Nella formazione del suo stile pianistico si possono così individuare influenze dirette o indirette di Chopin come di Liszt, di Schumann, di Henselt, ma il suo stile, in quanto ha di suo proprio e di irrpetibile, sic hiarisce nello sviluppo dei movimenti di parti interne fino a che le sue costruzioni sonore non si articolano come movimenti di linee e di masse, ma come riflessi, come movimenti di fasci di luce all’interno di una nebulosa.

(From Piero Rattalino, Storia del pianoforte, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1988, pp. 278-279)

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The left hand of Aki Kuroda

The second update of October 1st on Limenmusic Web Tv will be a concert of the popular Japanese pianist Aki Kuroda.

She will perform a concert for the left hand, with music of Bach-Brahms and Skrjabin.

In detail:

A.N. SKRJABIN, Nocturne for the left hand

BACH – BRAHMS, Chaconne Linke Hand allein

A special performance, not to be missed!

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