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Scriabin: Poems, Waltzes, Dances / Xiayin Wang


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570412   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Here is a beautiful young pianist with a superb Scriabin recital... Her performances are warm and intuitive and logical and completely non-rhetorical. The result is an extraordinary disclong journey into Scriabin’s increasingly sulfurous and mad world." -- Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

"Wang manages to cut a diagonal path across Scriabin's output, largely drawing from lesser known pieces, including the waltzes, poems, and pieces in genres he visited no more than once or a couple of times. These are often treated as afterthoughts by pianists in the course recording of comprehensive Scriabin packages, in several cases that's all you'll ever find of such works on disc. However, Wang treats each as a distinct and
Read more separate case, and she spins the neglected Polonaise in B flat minor, Op. 21, into gold, relating it to the Russian tradition of the polonaise with its darker hues and more lumbering, rhythmic profile. She finds what's truly "satanic" about the Poème satanique, Op. 36, a work that often doesn't get very good performances because its uncharacteristically bright, major-key sound seems at odds with the title; however, in Wang's version it is clear that this piece comes from the dark side of Scriabin's musical universe. Speaking of which, her rendition of Vers la flamme — a piece Wang often plays in recital and is included on her debut — is everything one would want it to be: muted and gradually emergent at the start, white hot and ecstatic at the end." -- Dave Lewis, All Music Guide

"The booklet notes that Xiayin Wang provides for her Naxos Scriabin recital are as intelligent and insightful as her interpretations. The pianist's urbane, witty treatment of such Chopin-influenced fare as the D-flat and F minor Waltzes and the B-flat minor Polonaise convincingly transforms the younger composer into the ironist he never was and never would be. It makes me wonder how she'd enliven Scriabin's Mazurkas. Her taut, harmonically aware renditions of the Op. 32, Op. 34, Op. 36, and Op. 52 Poèmes fall agreeably on the ear, notwithstanding more drawn out, subjective, and sexy accounts to be savored (Pascal Amoyel on Calliope, for example). Appropriately fiery climaxes rivet attention in Flammes sombres and Vers la flamme, although much of the diffuse B minor Fantasie grows too loud too soon when compared to Alexander Melnikov's more diverse pacing and wider dynamic range. Overall, a fine disc that bodes well for future releases from this talented pianist." --Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

"Having listened to this new release from pianist Xiayin Wang, I simply cannot imagine how or why I have managed to avoid Scriabin’s solo piano œuvre for so long. The music here, and Wang’s playing of it are of an exquisite beauty beyond description...Xiayin Wang seems to have a very special affinity for Scriabin’s music....A beautiful recital by an up-and-coming young artist, captured in excellent sound by Naxos’s recording team. Highly recommended." -- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. Waltz for Piano in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2. Waltz for Piano no 1 in F minor Op. 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Polonaise for piano in B flat minor, Op. 21 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4. Fantasy for Piano in B minor, Op. 28 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 2 in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. Poème tragique for Piano, Op. 34 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8. Poème satanique for Piano, Op. 36 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10. Poème for Piano, Op. 41 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52: no 1, Poème by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52: no 3, Poème languide by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52: no 2, Enigma by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
14. Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15. Vers la flamme, Op. 72 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16. Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 73: no 1, Guirlande by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
17. Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 73: no 2, Flammes sombres by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Waltz for Piano in D flat
Fantasy for Piano in B minor

Sound Samples

Valse in D flat major
Valse in F minor, Op. 1
Polonaise, Op. 21: Polonaise in B flat minor, Op. 21
Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28
2 Poemes, Op. 32: No. 1 in F sharp major
2 Poemes, Op. 32: No. 2 in D major
Poeme Tragique, Op. 34
Poeme Satanique, Op. 36
Valse in A flat major, Op. 38
Poeme, Op. 41: Poeme in D flat major, Op. 41
3 Pieces, Op. 52: No. 1. Poeme
3 Pieces, Op. 52: No. 2. Enigme
3 Pieces, Op. 52: No. 3. Poeme Languide
Feuillet d'album (Album Leaf), Op. 58: Feuillet d'album, Op. 58
Vers la flamme, Op. 72
2 Dances, Op. 73: No. 1. Guirlandes
2 Dances, Op. 73: No. 2. Flammes sombres

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