Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Scriabin

Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Scriabin

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Treated to Yevgeny Sudbin's excellent recordings of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, and Sergey Rachmaninov, fans of the brilliant Russian virtuoso can expect similarly high levels of energy and refinement in his excitingSee more details below

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Treated to Yevgeny Sudbin's excellent recordings of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, and Sergey Rachmaninov, fans of the brilliant Russian virtuoso can expect similarly high levels of energy and refinement in his exciting performances of piano pieces by Alexander Scriabin. The three sonatas and nine shorter works on this 2007 BIS release may make this album seem a bit like a synopsis of the composer's output, since all his styles are represented, and his characteristic expressions -- from the early, Chopin-esque flavor of the etudes to the late mysticism evinced in the "Sonata No. 9, Black Mass" -- are clearly laid out. Sudbin demonstrates both concentrated control and wild explosiveness in these performances, depending on which is needed most in the music at any given time, and the agility and alacrity that he displays in switching between these extremes show his deep understanding of Scriabin's ethos, which embraces both delicate purity and diabolical frenzy. These contradictory aspects meet almost perfectly in the "Sonata No. 5" (sometimes nicknamed "Poem of Ecstasy"), which Sudbin delivers with an ideal balance of diaphanous chasteness and rampant lustiness; this performance is the highlight of the disc. The reproduction on this hybrid SACD is phenomenally clear and comfortably close, so the rich textures and vibrant colors in Sudbin's playing come across with marvelous resonance and multidimensional depth.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Julian Haylock
[January 2008 Disc of the Month] This is music that demands pianism of superlative quality, and here Yevgeny Sudbin miraculously combines the volcanic intensity of Vladimir Horowitz and the cat-and-mouse tonal reflexes of Mikhail Pletnev.
Daily Telegraph - Geoffrey Norris
Sudbin's tonal colouring and expression, not to mention his sheer pianistic prowess, are applied with the touch of a true master. This is both an important and a richly rewarding disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599915685
catalogNumber:
1568
Rank:
122183

Tracks

  1. Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor ("Sonata-Fantasy"), Op. 19  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  3. Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 2: Étude  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  4. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: No. 3. Allegretto  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  5. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: No. 6. Scherzando  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  6. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: No. 1. Tempo giusto  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  7. Mazurkas (10) for piano, Op. 3: No. 4. Moderato  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  8. Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  9. Nuances, for piano, Op. 56/3  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  10. Poème for piano, Op. 59/1  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  11. Piano Sonata No. 9 in F major ("Black Mass"), Op. 68  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  12. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 38  - Alexander Scriabin  - Yevgeny Sudbin

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