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Thread: SS 22.02.20 - Scriabin #3 "The Divine Poem"

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Smith View Post
    This is the recording I have so I'll listen to it: Ashkenazy & Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

    I was all set to play the same when I remembered Symphony #3 was also on this disc, so I'll be listening to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Jarvi:

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    I think you're getting confused with Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy (his Symphony No. 4 to some, myself included). The thread is about Symphony No. 3, The Divine Poem. Either that or Chandos decided not to credit a massive 50-minute symphony on the front cover.
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    Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra for me:



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    Last edited by Malx; Feb-22-2020 at 21:03.

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    At 15 or 16 I heard it live in Symphony Hall by the BSO under its emeritus concertmaster, Richard Burgin. I was overwhelmed, but there were no recordings at the time. Finally a few years later Melodiya/Angel's Svetlanov set got there and I eagerly purchased it, put it on, and said to myself: I liked that? I've listened to several recordings since, but still don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maestro267 View Post
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    I think you're getting confused with Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy (his Symphony No. 4 to some, myself included). The thread is about Symphony No. 3, The Divine Poem. Either that or Chandos decided not to credit a massive 50-minute symphony on the front cover.
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    I prefer Ashkenazy because it seems to have a lighter touch; it's not as overblown and bombastic as some other versions I've heard. And I think that works best for this piece. Especially in the first movement, "Luttes", which is my favorite part.
    Next to the more bombastic and grandiose aspects of this symphony, there are a lot of lighter, even delicate moments in between, which have a wonderful sense of "airiness" to them. Almost like a sense of flight, like a dance in the skies. Ashkenazy captures this perfectly. Without the playfulness and lighter touch this piece quickly becomes a tiresome ordeal.
    Last edited by DeepR; Feb-23-2020 at 22:34.

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    I've heard this symphony before, but it's got to have been at least 18 months or so since I last gave it a spin. I went with Gielen/SWR this time, thinking that he might do interesting things with it since it seems like it would be sort of outside his area of specialization. Surprisingly I liked it more this time than the last time I took a crack at it. It made more formal sense to me in Gielen's reading and when Scriabin goes for big, lushly orchestrated moments, the SWR sound wonderful. I'll definitely return to this symphony more often in the future.

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    Sinopoli and my hometown New York Philharmonic for me


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