SCRIABIN - THE COMPLETE WORKS
Waltz in F minor, Op. 1. Three Pieces, Op. 2. 10 Mazukas,
Op. 3. Allegro appassionao, Op. 4. Nocturnes, Op. 5. Piano Sonata No.
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
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,
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
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
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
together into a performing version. As an example of Scriabin's vivid
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
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)