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Scriabin: Prometheus, Etc /Postnikova, Rozhdestvensky, Et Al


Release Date: 06/22/1999 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9728   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie OrchestraNetherlands Theater Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alexander Scriabin's 'Prometheus, Poem of Fire' is one of the most audacious pieces ever written, attempting merely to depict creation and reveal the secrets of the cosmos. Wanting to enlist as many senses as fully as possible in this pursuit, Scriabin called for a "keyboard of light" in his score, intending to flood the concert hall with color that would correspond to the music, though this was never attempted in his lifetime.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky leads the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague in a most seductive account of 'Prometheus,' not driving the music but massaging it with almost hypnotic control so that at the final climax, when it's time for the chorus to go airborne, he's ready for lift-off. The explosive piano obbligato is
Read more provided by Viktoria Postnikova, who is also a most alluring soloist in the serenely romantic Piano Concerto, as well as the youthful post-graduate Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, a piece Scriabin never got around to orchestrating and heard here in an arrangement made by Rozhdestvensky himself. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova (Piano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Netherlands Theater Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Philips Hall, The Hague, Netherlands 
Length: 20 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova (Piano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Philips Hall, The Hague, Netherlands 
Length: 30 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3. Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova (Piano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1998 
Venue:  Philips Hall, The Hague, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gennady Rozhdestvensky 

Sound Samples

Prometheus, Op. 60, "The Poem of Fire": Prometheus, The Poem of Fire, Op. 60
Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28 (arr. G. Rozhdestvensky): Fantasy (arr. by G. Rozhdestvensky)
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: II. Tema con variazioni
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20: III. Allegro moderato

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