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Feb. 28, 2021
11 a.m.
Kölner Philharmonie

Sergej Prokofjew

Piano concerto No. 2 in G-minor (1913)

Alexander Skrjabin

Symphony No. 3 in C-minor »Le divin poème« (1902–04)

»Pretty sensational« – regarding the future popularity of his Piano Concerto No. 2, Sergei Prokofiev's estimate turned out to be very close to the mark. Pianists love and fear it for the breath-taking virtuosity it demands of its performers - especially in its extensive cadenzas. Yeol Eum Son rises fearlessly to the challenges of this enormous piano part. Prokofiev's concerto marks the threshold of a new era. Alexander Scriabin was convinced that his music would ring in a new epoch. He gave his Symphony No. 3 the sobriquet »The Divine Poem«, depicting the struggle between humans who are free and those who are in bondage, the joys of the sensuous world, and finally the divine power which liberates humankind from its shackles and frees it for the »divine game«. Conductor laureate Dmitri Kitayenko is widely considered one of the most profound experts on this mystical work.

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