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Scriabin, invoking mysticism and perhaps madness, in ‘The Divine Poem’

Was Alexander Scriabin a genius or a madman? The answers are “yes” and “both.” As cultural traditions and conventions were…


Scriabin and Tchaikovsky: from common roots, divergent branches

It’s hard to imagine a composer whose early style is as dramatic a departure from his late style as Alexander…


Tchaikovsky and Garth Brooks: two of a kind, workin’ on a full house

The big names in autumn concerts here are Piotr Tchaikovsky and Garth Brooks. Over the next few weeks, Chicagoans will pack…