Alexander Scriabin was an exceptional, original, eccentric personality whose work cannot be squeezed into any stylistic framework. The composer sought to express his new ideas in a new musical vocabulary, which would correspond to the philosophical ambitions of his work. In his music, he tried to render and give meaning to the longing of a suffering soul and the vision of a brighter future.
His Concerto for piano and orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 20 was composed in 1896. It was the first orchestral work by the 24-year-old composer and the only Concerto in his entire legacy. Scriabin’s early works reflect strong influence of Frédéric Chopin. The composer’s connection with the Polish genius is evident not only in the miniatures, but also in this three- movement Concerto for piano. Scriabin was particularly fond of this opus and often played the solo part himself. The work is fascinating for its refined and poetic solo part. It is an expression of the composer’s inner world, an embodiment of his fragile and profound feeling.
Scriabin’s reflective opus is performed by pianist Onutė Gražinytė, winner of more than ten national and international competitions, together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Modestas Barkauskas.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR: MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS
PIANO: ONUTĖ GRAŽINYTĖ