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    Listening to Scriabin's first symphony right now and it gets me completely mesmerized every time. Just can't get enough of his music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers View Post
    Listening to Scriabin's first symphony right now and it gets me completely mesmerized every time. Just can't get enough of his music!
    Which recording are you listening to?
    I can't get enough of his music since 5 years and counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Which recording are you listening to?
    I can't get enough of his music since 5 years and counting.
    The Ashkenazy one. How did you get into Scriabin 5 years ago? (I haven't read the whole thread so sorry if you mentioned it earlier in the thread.)

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    I like the Ashkenazy too, but prefer the sound of the Muti recording.

    The choral finale is to me simply one of the greatest moments in all music I've heard. There is no reason why it shouldn't be regarded as one of the greatest choral finales along with Mahler etc.
    It shows the potential Scriabin had to write this kind of music. I would've liked to hear more of Scriabin in this style, but, he was moving forward with every new composition.

    Didn't mention it earlier but I got into Scriabin when I was getting more and more interested in solo piano music. Someone on a piano forum linked Etude Op. 2 No. 1 played by Horowitz and from that moment on I was hooked.

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    Interesting article on Scriabin's pianism:

    http://www.musicweb-international.co...bin_pianop.htm

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    I honestly am devoted to Scriabin, and I'm only familiar with his sonatas (I plan on getting a cd of his symphonies and piano concerto though )

    If you haven't heard them, you need to because (IMO) they are some of the best gems in the sonata genre.

    Sonata 1: Dark, violent at times, and sombre (unusually, the sonata has a funeral march, not for a person, but for Scriabin's hand that he injured after an aggressive practice.)
    2: Very lyrical, reminds me of Chopin's ballades. The second movement is a crazy toccata. The sonata is supposed to be a poem of the sea
    3: Probably my favorite of the early sonatas, this one first had the subtitle "Gothic" meant to invoke an old castle (or cathedral?) but instead he changed it to be a poem about the stages of the soul. The Andante movement is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard
    4: The shortest, and generally calm, though the finale is pretty intense. It reminds me of the 3rd.
    5: This is the sonata that is universally agreed upon to be his greatest achievement. The music comes and goes, so mysterious yet so lyrical
    6: This sonata is my least favorite, but it's still good. Very dark and shadowy, Scriabin himself never played it in public because the music made him uncomfortable (with his synthesia, I wonder what ugly colors he saw )
    7: Called the white mass in order to purge the darkness of the 6th, this sonata (melody wise) doesn't sound so light and religious. But getting into the music, it sounds blinding, like light
    8: Though this is probably his least popular sonata, it is one of his best, and my favorite of the late sonatas. The 8th starts out with an impressive contrapuntal "overture", showing all the themes that will be developed later in the sonata. It never gets bombastic, but it sure is intense
    9: The famous "Black Mass" is very unsettling, and the entire piece is a buildup to the inevitable and explosive climax
    10: The last sonata is, surprisingly, very joyous. Like sunlight through grey clouds.

    *sigh* ok, I'm fanboy-ing over for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmos View Post
    I honestly am devoted to Scriabin, and I'm only familiar with his sonatas (I plan on getting a cd of his symphonies and piano concerto though )

    If you haven't heard them, you need to because (IMO) they are some of the best gems in the sonata genre....
    Do get anything and everything of his solo piano. IMO that's the heart and soul of Scriabin. Such unbelievable introspection.

    But as we know, Scriabin was a showman, too. And for that, we need his orchestral works. Muti with Alexeev et al do an impressive job with those...conveniently, though OOP on EMI and Brilliant Classics. If these sets are financially out of reach, do try singles searches of these recs. at Amazon Marketplace.

    Also, supplementing for Symphony 3, I suggest the OdP/Barenboim performance (OOP Erato, Elatus). It is exceptional, cw. Le poeme de l'extase.

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    Join the club Cosmos! I love his sonatas too. The only one I haven't listened to yet is the 4th.
    Do listen to his shorter piano works and miniatures as well! See my post on the previous page for some suggestions. A good place to start would simply be Etudes Op. 8 and Preludes Op. 11, but there are much more wonderful little pieces.

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    I've been going through a Scriabin phase of late. The Valse op. 38 and Poeme op 32 no 1 are favorites, to name just two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I've been going through a Scriabin phase of late. The Valse op. 38 and Poeme op 32 no 1 are favorites, to name just two.

    Yes, very nice pieces!

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    Indeed they are. Especially this magical recording of the Valse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DljmRGfIj3U
    Others like Sofronitsky are somewhat on the heavy side.

    And Horowitz all the way for the Poeme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWVQSNo64HQ

    I feel the Sofronitsky worshipping by some is not always justified. I find his interpretations sometimes quite disappointing. Hit and miss.

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    I love that Bashkirov too, probably the best version, but IMO Sofronitsky is great in op.32,1 (there seems to be several Sofronitsky recordings of the piece - this one is good)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZNFQsbSWfM
    Last edited by joen_cph; Sep-21-2013 at 15:50.

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    Really digging the 4th piano sonata, as played by Ashkenazy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UuhhvLeI6I

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    Someone on youtube commented: "Scriabin always makes me ache for a past I never lived..."

    That's spot on. I've had this feeling as well listening to some of his (earlier) pieces.
    Last edited by DeepR; Sep-26-2013 at 22:48.

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    Can't get enough of these Russians.

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