This program is based on the ideas of creation and re-creation, observed through three piano sonatas of three Russian composers: all pianists, contemporaries, and friends. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 in B-flat minor, Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 Op. 53, and Sonata-Reminiscenza Op. 38 by Nikolai Medtner represent some of the most notable works of 20th century Russian piano music, and the most important works of these composers in the sonata genre.
The act of composition, or even a transcription, is an act of creation, according to Ferruccio Busoni, in his famous Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music in 1907:
“Every notation is, in itself, the transcription of an abstract idea. The instant the pen seizes it, the idea loses its original form. The very intention to write down the idea, compels a choice of measure and key…Again, the performance of a work is also a transcription, and still, whatever liberties it may take, it can never annihilate the original.”
— Marko Stuparević