Musica Insieme Foundation

Russia 1917 - One hundred years that have changed the world

“An abyss of purity and power”: this is how Pasternak described the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva.

 The second evening, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Tuesday 14 November at the Unipol Auditorium in Via Stalingrado, and once again free of charge, will centre on the great Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva.

Marina Tsvetaeva’s words offer one of the most touching accounts of the cruelty of the Soviet regime as she herself suffered all of its tragic consequences, from poverty to exile. Daughter of a university professor and a pianist, she grew up in a well-off environment rich in cultural influences. When the Russian Revolution broke out, her husband Sergei Efron enrolled in the White Army, which was faithful to the Tsar, disappearing after a few months. A long period of solitude, humiliation, mourning, exile and severe poverty began for the poet, eventually leading to her suicide.

 The verses of Tsvetaeva, read and interpreted by Luigi Lo Cascio, will be accompanied by piano music: memories of both love and conflict.

 Joyous yet at times dreamlike, full of virtuosity yet at the same time rich in full and cantabile melodies, Études-Tableaux op. 39 by Sergei Rachmaninoff encapsulates all of the piano credo of its composer.

 The music will be performed by Alexander Romanovsky.