Scriabin: 24 Preludes; Piano Sonatas 4 & 10

Scriabin: 24 Preludes; Piano Sonatas 4 & 10

by Mikhail Pletnev
     
 

The coolly flawless Mikhail Pletnev seemed an odd match for Scriabin when this recording was released in 1997, but the recording was very successful and made a good candidate for reissue by Virgin Classics in its budget-priced series in 2010. For those who prize Scriabin for his shadowy mysticism, this may be a little dry. Pletnev trims backSee more details below

Overview

The coolly flawless Mikhail Pletnev seemed an odd match for Scriabin when this recording was released in 1997, but the recording was very successful and made a good candidate for reissue by Virgin Classics in its budget-priced series in 2010. For those who prize Scriabin for his shadowy mysticism, this may be a little dry. Pletnev trims back the hazy exterior from Scriabin's music, and what he finds is that the layer underneath is equally lovely and quite rigorous. The program is divided into three parts: the Chopin-like but restless "24 Preludes, Op. 11," the "Piano Sonatas No. 4" and "No. 10," and a group of short pieces from the mid-1900s decade, roughly contemporaneous with "The Poem of Ecstasy." Pletnev picks out the moments of tension and experimentation in the preludes, and his "Piano Sonata No. 10" matches Scriabin's own sublimely bizarre description of the work: "The insects are born of the sun which nourishes them. They are kisses of the sun, like my Tenth Sonata." If you've heard a really gloriously murky performance of Scriabin and fallen in love, sample Pletnev's scalpel-like readings before buying, but like so much of this pianist's output they're very stimulating. Concise but very informative booklet notes are in English, French, and German.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099962865128
catalogNumber:
28651

Tracks

  1. Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 57  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  2. Danse languide, for piano, Op. 51/4  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  3. Poème languide for piano in B major, Op. 52/3  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  4. Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 45  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  5. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 11  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  6. Rêverie, for piano in C major, Op. 49/3  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  7. Prelude for piano in F major, Op. 49/2  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  8. Prelude for piano in A minor, Op. 51/2  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  9. Piano Sonata No. 10 ("Trill"), Op. 70  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  10. Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30  - Alexander Scriabin  - Mikhail Pletnev

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