Scriabin: Preparation for the Final Mystery

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All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This 1996 recording appears to be the first of this ballet score, prepared in 1975 by Alexander Nemtin 1936-1999, from fourteen short piano pieces of Alexander Scriabin 1872-1915. It was conductor-pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, who in making this recording, brought the score back from near-oblivion. Ashkenazy has performed and recorded Scriabin's music extensively as a pianist and a conductor. His recordings include all the piano sonatas, a quantity of the other piano music, the piano concerto as conductor, and the symphonies. In this recording, Ashkenazy strongly supports Nemtin in re-creating Scriabin's personal and highly distinctive style of orchestration, as it was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This 1996 recording appears to be the first of this ballet score, prepared in 1975 by Alexander Nemtin 1936-1999, from fourteen short piano pieces of Alexander Scriabin 1872-1915. It was conductor-pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, who in making this recording, brought the score back from near-oblivion. Ashkenazy has performed and recorded Scriabin's music extensively as a pianist and a conductor. His recordings include all the piano sonatas, a quantity of the other piano music, the piano concerto as conductor, and the symphonies. In this recording, Ashkenazy strongly supports Nemtin in re-creating Scriabin's personal and highly distinctive style of orchestration, as it was expressed at about the time of the "Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54" the opus numbers of most of the piano pieces Nemtin selected are in the fifties and sixties. Ashkenazy very effectively finds the dance-like pulse of all the pieces, realizing what was an aim of this project, to bring the ballet score to the attention of leading conductors and choreographers. Ashkenazy conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in this performance, which also includes a prominent orchestral piano part, played by Alexander Ghindin. These musicians succeed admirably in re-creating Scriabin's delicate nuances of orchestral sound, along with his characteristic sense of life energy. Andrew Cornall, the producer, wisely set the recording in the famous, warm ambience of the Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin-Dahlem, where the Berlin Philharmonic made many of its best recordings, before the construction of the Philharmonie hall. The sound of that venue, captured by recording engineer Neil Hutchinson, puts the final polish on one of the most desirable and unusual recordings of Scriabin's music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946632925
  • Catalog Number: 466329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poème languide for piano in B major, Op. 52/3 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:03)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  2. 2 Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 59: No.1, Poème (Allegretto) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:50)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  3. 3 Feuillet d'album for piano, Op. 58 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (0:54)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  4. 4 Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 51: No.3, Poème ailé (Vivo) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:00)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  5. 5–6 Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 57 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:07)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    1. 5No.1, Desir (Con delicatezza cristallina)
    2. 6No.2, Caresse dansée (Avec enchantement)
  6. 7 Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 65: No.1, Étude (Allegro fantastico) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:19)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  7. 8 Poème-nocturne for piano, Op. 61: Poème nocturne (Avec une grace capricieuse) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (8:28)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  8. 9 Prelude for piano ("Fier, belliqueux") Op. 74/5 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:02)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  9. 10 Fantastique for piano, Op. 71/1 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:39)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  10. 11 Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 59: No.2, Prélude (Sauvage, belliqueux) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:39)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  11. 12–13 Poèmes (2) for piano, Op. 63 - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:16)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    1. 12No.1, Masque (Allegretto)
    2. 13No.2, Étrangeté (Gracieux, delicat)
  12. 14 Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 65: No.3, Étude (Molto vivace) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:08)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  13. 15 Mysterium, Prefatory Act (incomplete, realisation by Alexander Nemtin) - Alexander Scriabin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (159:31)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    Conducted byVladimir Ashkenazy
    Performed byVladimir Ashkenazy, Sigurd Brauns, St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Ernst Senff Chor, Alexander Kazimirov, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Anne-Kristiina Kaappola
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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