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Wei-Yi Yang plays Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt Feb. 4

Program honors the 100th anniversary of the death of Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
January 30, 2015

Wei-Yi YangThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, Feburary 4 at 7:30 pm.

Yang will mark the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin‘s death with a program that intertwines Scriabin’s music with that of Chopin and Liszt.

Scriabin’s music, which is often infused with mysticism, can be enigmatic; the context of the more familiar Chopin and Liszt pieces will ground this program in more familiar sounds.

In a program note, Yang writes:

“The variety of miniature Scriabin wrote over his career is considerable. Taking cues from Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner, Scriabin extended and expanded the idiom of romantic piano music.  The complexity and deep expressivity of Scriabin’s works can largely be attributed to the innovation and evolution of his aesthetics, fueled by his interests in synesthesia and theosophy…

“Much of Scriabin’s music vacillates between dark chasms haunted by brooding and fear, and ascension into blinding luminescence.  Drifting through these musical events, one senses much decadence, desire, and hallucinatory associations that suggest delirium, ecstasy, and possibly carnality.  Much like strong fine liquor, I feel that this music is best sampled in deliberate, measured little sips.”

The program is in three sets:

Set I
Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Liszt: La lugubre gondola (1886 version)
Scriabin: Poème-Nocturne, Op. 61

Set II
Liszt: Bagatelle sans tonalité
Scriabin: Two Poèmes, Op. 32
Trois Morceaux: Poème; Enigma; Poème languide, Op. 52
Vers la flamme: Poème, Op. 72

Chopin: Trois nouvelles études
Scriabin: 10 Études: Op. 8, nos. 4 and 11; Op. 42, Nos. 1–4, 7, 8; Op. 65, Nos. 2–3

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Boris Berman is the director of the Horowitz Piano Series at Yale.

Tickets start at $13, $7 for students with ID, and are available online at music.yale.edu, by phone at 203 432-4158, or at the Yale School of Music box office (470 College Street).

Wei-Yi Yang is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty. FACULTY PROFILE