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Tchaikovsky and Scriabin | Ealing Symphony Orchestra

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 19:30
St Barnabas Church, Ealing, London
£14 / £12 / £6 / £1
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  1. Stomp (with Fate and Elvira) - James MacMillan
  2. In the Steppes of Central Asia - Alexander Borodin
  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor Op 20 - Alexander Scriabin
  4. Dance Diversions - Michael Hurd
  5. Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian' Op 17 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

We are delighted to welcome Varvara Tarasova for Scriabin's piano concerto. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that "no composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, and influenced composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Nikolai Roslavets. However Scriabin's importance in the Russian and then Soviet musical scene, and internationally, drastically declined after his death.

In his second symphony, Tchaikovsky harnessed the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic quirks of Russian folk music to produce an opening movement massive in scale, intricate in structure and complex in texture—what Brown calls "one of the most solid structures Tchaikovsky ever fashioned"—and a finale that, with the folk song 'The Crane' offered in an ever-dizzying series of backdrops, showcased how well he could mine the same vein as Glinka and the nationalist set of composers known collectively as The Five. Even so, Tchaikovsky was not satisfied. When he revised the work eight years after its premiere, he made a large cut in the finale and wrote a clearer, simpler first movement along Western lines. This is the version performed today. However, Tchaikovsky's friend and former student Sergei Taneyev considered the earlier one superior. His reputation as one of the finest craftsmen among Russian composers lends his opinion considerable weight.

St Barnabas Church, Ealing
Pitshanger Lane
W5 1QG
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