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Scriabin: Piano Concerto, Etc / Scherbakov, Golovchin, Et Al


Release Date: 10/26/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550818   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
Conductor:  Igor GolovchinLudmila Ermakova
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony OrchestraRussian State Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Scriabin seems to be an "in" composer all of a sudden, what with numerous new recordings of his youthful Piano Concerto and late tone poems/symphonies. In the past few months, we've had new recordings by some real "heavyweights", including Boulez and Pletnev on Deutsche Grammophon, Rozdestvensky on Chandos, and Ashkenazy on Decca. This budget-priced production from the composer's compatriots certainly holds its own against all comers. Konstantin Scherbakov plays the concerto with steel and sensitivity in equal measure, and he's particularly successful in knitting together the loose architecture of the outer movements, while at the same time making the filigreed piano writing sound like real Scriabin, rather than Chopin Read more on steroids. The performance of Prometheus is predictably less smooth than the recent Boulez/Chicago, and not as sumptuously recorded. But despite the slower overall tempo, the performance is much more physically exciting and has a naturalness of flow that Boulez doesn't quite match. The couplings, orchestrations of various short piano pieces, are also captivating and unique. In all, the disc is definitely worth a listen, even if you think you've had enough of this music.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2. Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin,  Ludmila Ermakova
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 23 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 10 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 
4. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 6 in B minor by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 
5. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 15 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 
6. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 1, Fragilité by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 
7. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6: Marche funèbre by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 
8. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 17 in A flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vasily Rogal-Levitsky 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: II. Andante
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: III. Allegro moderato
Prometheus, Op. 60, "The Poem of Fire": Prometheus, The Poem of Fire
24 Preludes, Op. 11 (arr. V. Rogal-Levitsky): Prelude in A flat major, Op. 11, No. 17
24 Preludes, Op. 11 (arr. V. Rogal-Levitsky): Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 11, No. 10
24 Preludes, Op. 11 (arr. V. Rogal-Levitsky): Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 6
24 Preludes, Op. 11 (arr. V. Rogal-Levitsky): Prelude in D flat major, Op. 11, No. 15 (orch. Rogal-Levitsky)
4 Pieces, Op. 51 (arr. Rogal-Levitsky): Fragilite, Op. 51, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 6: Marche Funebre (orch. Rogal-Levitsky): Sonata No. 1, Op. 6: Marche Funebre

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