Billy O’Brien – piano
Alexander Skriabin – 24 Preludes op. 11
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2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Alexander Scriabin’s birth on 6th January 1872. His music is characterised by a unique blend of late-romanticism, harmonic innovation, mysticism, philosophy-inspired symbolism and links between colour and sound. His compositions continue to fascinate pianists, scholars and composers.
To mark Scriabin’s 150th anniversary, Billy O’Brien presents his 24 preludes op. 11, a major work from Scriabin’s early period, composed between 1888 and 1896. Sensitivity to sound, fluently shaped melodies, and controlled pedalling and counterpoint emerge as features of Scriabin’s preludes.