SCRIABIN - THE COMPLETE WORKS

PIANO MUSIC
Waltz in F minor, Op. 1. Three Pieces, Op. 2. 10 Mazukas, Op. 3. Allegro appassionao, Op. 4. Nocturnes, Op. 5. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6. Impromptus à la Mazur, Op. 7. 12 Etudes, Op. 8. Prelude et Nocturne pour la main gau, Op .9. Two Impromptus, Op. 10. 24 Preludes, Op. 11. 2 Impromptus, Op. 12. 6 Preludes, Op. 13. 2 Impromptus, Op. 14. 5 Preludes, Op. 15. 5 Preludes, Op. 16. 7 Preludes, Op. 17. Allegro de concert in B flat, Op. 18. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasie." Polonaise, Op. 21. 4 Preludes, Op. 22. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sarp minor, Op. 23. 9 Mazurka, Op. 25. 2 Preludes, Op. 27. Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28. Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp minor, Op. 30. 4 Preludes, Op. 31. 2 Poemes, Op. 32. 4 Preludes, Op. 33. Poeme tragique, Op. 34. 3 Preludes, Op. 35. Poeme satanique, Op. 38. 5 Preludes, Op. 37 Valse, Op. 38. 4 Preludes, Op. 39. 2 Mazurkas, Op. 40. 8 Etudes, p. 42. 2 Poemes, Op. 44. 3 Morceaux, Op. 45. Scherzo, Op. 46. Quasi-v alse, Op. 47. 4 Preludes, Op. 48. 3 Morceax, Op. 49. 3 Morceau, Op. 51. 3 Morceaux, Op. 52. Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53. 4 Pieces, Op. 56. 2 Pieces, Op. 57. Feuillet d'album, Op. 58. 2 Pieces, Op. 59. Poeme-nocturne, Op. 61. Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 62. 2 Poemes, Op. 63. Piano Sonata No. 7 "White Mass" Op. 64. 2 Etudes, Op. 65. . Piano Sonat No. 8, Op. 68. 2 Peludes, Op. 67. Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 "Black Mass." 2 Poemes Op. 69. Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70. 2 Poemes, Op. 71. Vers la flamme, Op. 72. 2 Danses, Op. 73. 5 Preludes, Op. 74. A group of 24 mostly brief works without opus numbber including two sonatas.

CHAMBER AND ORCHESTRAL WORKS
Variations on a Russian Theme for String Quartet. Andante and Scherzo for Strings. Symphonc Poem in D minor. Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20. Reverie, Op. 20. Symphony No. 1 in E, Op. 28 Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29. Symphony No. 3 in C minor "The Dvine Poem." Op. 43 Le Poeme da l'estase, Op. 54 Promethee: Le poeme du feu, p. 60. Nuances. Preparation for the Final Myster y. (realized by Alexander Nemtin). Part I (Universe). Part II (Mankind). Part III (Transfiguration).

BONUS CD - "SCRIABIN ACROSS THE GENERATIONS" - (Performances by Vladimir Horowiz, Yevgeny Kissin, Mikhail Plenev, Shura Cherkassky, Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Grosvenor and Daniel Trifonov.

Pianists: Vladimir Ashkenaz. Valentina Lisusta, Gordon Fergus-Thompson. Ivo Pogorelich. Sviatoslav Richter. Jean-Louis Steuermann. Benjamin Grosvenor. Anna Gourari. Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Rob erto Szidon. Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy.
Alexander Tordze. .Vladimir Horowitz. Yevgeny Kissin.Daniil Trionfi. Shura Cherkassky. Mikhail Pletnev.
Orchestras: Hmburg Strings. Moscow Symphony Orch/Igor Golovschin, cond. London Philharmonic Orch/Lorin Maazel, cond. Berlin Radio Symphony Orch/Vladimir Ashkenazy, cond. Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orch/Eliahu Inbal, cond. Kirov Mariinsky Orch/Valdery Gergiev, cond.

DECCA 478 8168 (18 disks)

This is another remarkable huge compilation album from Decca—the complete works of Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) issued to commemorate the centennial of is death. He was a mystic odd visionary of his time. He began composing short piano pieces while still in the conservatory and continued to do so throughout his life. Many of these are brief snippets of limited interest, but examples of Scriabin's imagination. Later he concentrated on symphonic music writing his three symphonies, The Poem of Ecstasy and Prometheus. Scriabin was recognized as a virtuoso pianist, who challenged the era's harmonic values and invested his music with an air of mysticism and color. His final work, The Final Mystery, a massive symphony for large orchestra and soloists, was left unfinished, but Alexander Nemtin put it all together into a performing version. As an example of Scriabin's vivid imagination, he had visualized that this would be performed by thousands of participants, with color effects as well, and would take place in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in India. At he end of the performance the world would come to a glorious end and a new race of "noble creatures" would replace the human race. Over the top, for sure, but Scriabin was respected by the musical world. Decca has gone through their extensive catalog and gathered together superlative performances of most of the works. Much of Scriabin's piano music had not been recorded, so Decca did it with pianists Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valentine Listusta. Many of these are mere trifles, but it is good ht they are now available. This site has reviewed many recordings of Scribin's music including the Ashkenazy recording of Mysterium (REVIEW). We also have a feature discussing many different recordings of The Poem of Ecstasy (REVIEW)

.Each of the 18 disks has its own simple jacket, and a beatifully-printed 84-page booklet contains complete information about each recording, dares, venues, venues, etc. It also includes an extensive article by Hugh Macdonald. And this set is super-budget price issue. Don't miss it!

R.E.B.. (May 2015)