Poster Alexander Scriabin
Alexander Scriabin, composer and pianist
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Music for one hand

When Alexander Scriabin was 20 years old, he was working on playing an extraordinarily demanding piece by Franz Liszt. He pushed himself so hard that he permanently injured his right hand. Scriabin adapted by creating music that is technically demanding, emotional…and particularly demanding for the left hand. Join us today to hear pianist Ilya Yakushev perform the 'Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone’ by Alexander Scriabin.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Suite from Platee: Movement 1: Ouverture
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra | Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Album: Rameau: Platee & Dardanus Suite
Conifer 51313

Jean-Philippe Rameau, arr. Kara LaMoure: Pastoral Suite
Chamberfest Cheboygan, Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan, MI

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 42 in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2
Schumann Quartet
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

William Grant Still: Dismal Swamp
Frank Corliss, piano | The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College and The Orchestra Now, Sosnoff Theatre at The Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Alexander Scriabin: Etude in G sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 9 Alla ballata
Yuja Wang, piano
Album: Yuja Wang: Fantasia
DG 16606

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Ruben Rengel: Sonata No 9 in A-Major: Movement 3 Presto
Sphinx Virtuosi
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Alexander Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone in C-sharp minor, Op. 9 No. 1
Ilya Yakushev, piano
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St Paul's By-The-Sea Church, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Castalian String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

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