“Vers la Flamme” / Portrait of Alexander Scriabin
This documentary on the unconventional life and ground-breaking music of the Russian pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) sheds light on the mystical ideas which inspired him. He became consumed by a vision of a union of the arts, a coalescence of music, words, movement, light, colour and ideas, to create transcendent experiences. Contributors to his fascinating exploration of the composer's life and work are musicians Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vladimir Horowitz; conductor Mikhail Pletnev; and Scriabin's daughter, Marina. The programme draws on Scriabin's writings, archive photographs and documentation, and footage shot in Switzerland, Italy and Moscow. Among a wealth of musical extracts, Scriabin himself is heard playing his Poem Op.32 No.1, recorded in 1908 on a Welte Mignon player-piano.
Alexander Scriabin: Prometheus Op. 60, Etude Op. 65 No. 2, Symphony No. 3, Etude Op. 8 No. 12, Le Poème de l`extase, Sonata No. 9, Sonata No. 5, Guirlandes, Flammes Sombres, Vers la Flamme, Cinq Préludes "Très lent...", Poème Op. 32 No. 1