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ABISAL GERGIEV

Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff
Russian pianist Abisal Gergiev sparkles in a concert entirely devoted to the work of three outstanding Russian composers: Rachmaninoff; Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.
Programme

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor Op. 23

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVKSY
Dumka Op. 59

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Préludes Op. 23 Nos. 2, 4 & 5
Moments musicaux Op. 16 Nos.3 & 6

With thematic similarities between all four movements’ themes, plus richly-textured polyphonic writing, Scriabin’s 1898 Piano Sonata No. 3 has a symphonic flavour. After a Drammatico first movement, the second opens with a march-like theme. A dreamily delicate Andante follows, before a churning, chromatic finale. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka, published 1886 and subtitled ‘Rustic Russian Scene’, is similarly intense, encasing a flamboyant central section between darkly melancholic outer sections. Rachmaninov’s préludes are unusual for the genre in having been written and published at different times, but his Moments Musicaux of 1896 were very much conceived as a unified set, all based on an initial dream-like motto. No. 3 is dark, still and introspective, but florid No. 6 brings things to a brightly triumphant C major conclusion.

Media
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor Op. 23
Alessio Bax (Église de Verbier, 2016)
TCHAIKOVSKY Dumka Op. 59
Sergei Redkin (Église de Verbier, 2019)
RACHMANINOFF Prélude No. 2 Op. 23
Mikhail Pletnev (Église de Verbier, 2018)
RACHMANINOFF Moment musical No. 3 Op. 16
Nikolai Lugansky (Église de Verbier, 2006)