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Quote from: mikkeljs on October 12, 2009, 01:33:54 PMjust found thishttp://books.google.dk/books?id=IdrSpBKW06cC&dq=Faubion+Bowers+scriabin&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=Ojhw8lSsbC&sig=0U8zHI3uESO_z7PtecYeQFaktZM&hl=da&ei=eZPTSv2qJJTE-Qasu6mPAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CCYQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Quote from: Il Furioso on April 23, 2011, 08:38:29 AMI'm hoping some of the pianophiles can help me out here. I want to get some (maybe start with 1 disc or a 2fer) Scriabin solo piano. Where to start? Sofronitsky seems to be the man but I have no idea what is available in what sort of sound quality. Sudbin has been talked up, any advice?
Quote from: jowcol on April 23, 2011, 08:58:05 AMThis Horowitz collection has both his romantic and late stuff well represented, and for one disc is a solid intro. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CF325/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000003EOZ&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0DA2WPAYAZPBB8YGCNV4I don't collect versions by too many artists unless I need to, but a collection of the ten sonatas as a twofer would also treat you well. Ashkenazy's take on the two Poems Op 71 is also good.
Quote from: Drasko on April 23, 2011, 09:27:58 AMSofronitsky is the finest Scriabin player I ever heard, but the question of sound quality (usually fair to poor) and quality of pianos (especially Scriabin's Bechstein) does exist, and for starters temporarily passing on him is not such a bad idea.With getting few good recital discs from different pianists the problem is some of the repertoire is going to get doubled, but it's not bad way to start. Sudbin's disc is very good. Playing is mostly on cerebral side, with admirable attention to detail and excellent feel for overall structure of the piece. Not the most exciting Scriabin around but quite worthwhile. Another recital by young-ish pianist I'd recommend is Alexander Melnikov's on Harmonia Mundi, edgier approach than Sudbin but playing non worse (and he plays complete op.75 Preludes - these are not to be missed). Third solo disc I'd go for is one of Horrowitz's. Scriabin elicits some of his finest playing, and CBS 'Horowitz plays Scriabin' is exemplary. http://www.amazon.com/Scriabine-Alexander-Scriabin/dp/B000EZ8QS4http://www.amazon.com/Yevgeny-Sudbin-Plays-Scriabin-Hybrid/dp/B000WH5AYChttp://www.amazon.com/Horowitz-Plays-Scriabin-Alexander/dp/B0000CF325Getting two-disc set of complete Sonatas is also very good idea, it allows to follow Scriabin's development. Melodiya has just released on CD what is for me possibly best set of complete sonatas - 70s cycle by Igor Zhukov. He can get occasionally bit brutal but his instincts, phrasing, accents are most of the time spot on. It's currently available for pre-order very cheaply from amazon, and I think opportunity shouldn't be missed.http://www.amazon.com/Sonatas-Scriabin/dp/B004FSJPFOAnd after all this you still have hankering to check out Sofronitsky, recitals from '58 and '60 on japanese Denon offer some of the finest Scriabin playing there is. These are also available from Vista Vera.http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=COCQ-83669http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=COCQ-83970http://www.vistavera.com/index.php?productID=1419http://www.vistavera.com/index.php?productID=1420
Quote from: Il Furioso on April 23, 2011, 09:48:15 AMMany thanks to all for your help. I've gone with Horowitz and Sofronitsky. I may plump for the Zhukov son.
Quote from: Cato on April 11, 2012, 03:35:22 PMI just under "What Are Listening To?" wrote about the complete Sonatas by Ruth Laredo (Nonesuch) and Michael Ponti (VOX) from the 1970's.[asin]B000005IWW[/asin]Any opinions on these or other cycles? I have not heard the newer ones by e.g. Maria Lettberg.
Quote from: orfeo on March 05, 2013, 04:25:32 AMHello, Scriabin afficionados.So, after looking at Spotify sideways/extremely warily at first, I figured out that it is quite a good way to explore music I'm a bit curious about. And Mr Scriabin became my first choice of a classical composer to investigate. Knowing barely anything besides one of the opus 42 etudes which I learnt back in the day...I'm taking the chronological approach, or rather the opus number approach which I think in this case works out to be pretty close. And while I'm enjoying much of the earlyish music a great deal (heck, I like the piano concerto I'm listening to right now and I'm not on the whole a big fan of the concerto genre), it's usually not terribly radical music yet. Well-constructed, definitely, but at this point more often than not we have an extremely skilled pupil of Chopin and Liszt on our hands. I know this is going to change. What I'm curious to know is when, in the opinion of people more familiar with Scriabin, is it going to change? Which work or works would you point to and say 'there, now we're really getting something that is recognisably, uniquely Scriabin'?Wikipedia's list of compositions places the beginning of the 'middle' period at opus 30 (piano sonata no.4). Is that a fair marker of the point where he's leaving his models behind?
Quote from: Maria LettbergFrom 1898 to 1902, Scriabin taught the piano at the conservatory in Moscow.The years from 1893 to 1903, until the Sonata No. 4 Op. 30, are a part of Scriabin's first artistic period.However, Scriabin's originality and talent are powerful enough to soon extend and renew Chopin's style, and to arrive at his own unique and unmistakeable [sic] musical language. This transition took place in the years from 1899 to 1903 when Scriabin wrote very little for the piano and instead focussed on symphonic music. The result of this were his first three symphonies, the third one, Divine Symphony, being the most important one. ...The final five years of his life (1910 to 1915) were marked by Scriabin's unfinished first part of a woek, Preparatory Action. The surviving outline point towards the content of the composer's planned total artwork, Arcanum. This synthetic work was to unite all kinds of art and accomplish no less than an elevation of humanity to a new level of evolution.During his final years, Scriabin also returned to the piano with all his attention. He wrote the Sonatas No. 6 to 10; the Poèmes Op. 63, 69, 71; Vers la flamme Op. 72;Deux Danses Op. 73; and Préludes Op. 74 - from the perspective of the deep mystery, the Arcanum
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