“Scriabin – 150”: Cardinal symphonic cycle in 2022

In 2022 the Russian music community celebrates the jubilee of the exceptional composer, Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915). The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has timed the three-evening cycle of concerts “Scriabin – 150” to coincide with this event. The cycle encompasses all symphonic compositions by Scriabin.

Alexander Scriabin is considered to be an outstanding composer, brilliant pianist, philosopher, and daring pioneer in music. He was the first person to include a color keyboard part in his scores and to introduce the idea of color music. He wrote a lot of piano pieces and orchestral compositions.

Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage, reported on Scriabin’s works, “As the most brilliant exponent of the age, Scriabin began his career, drawing on the achievements of European romantic music. By the nonsensical close of his days, Scriabin could translate novel cosmic-scale images into music and reach the tightest form with his melodically harmonic idiom.”

On January 15 the first concert from the cycle “Srciabin –150” will be given in the Great Hall. Peter Laul, a famous Saint Petersburg pianist, Mingiyan Odzhaev, a tenor, and Laura Bustamante, a mezzo-soprano, will perform Scriabin’s earlier works – Rêverie, the Piano Concerto and the Symphony No. 1 – with the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of Pavel Smelkov.

“I am sure that Scriabin’s music extraordinaire will strike a deep chord in the hearts of the Primorsky Region’s public and evoke emotions they has never felt, which combine astonishment, immersion and admiration,” the conductor noted.

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