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Scriabin: The 3 Symphonies, Le Poeme de l'Extase / Ashkenazy, DSO Berlin


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460299   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Brigitte BalleysSergei Larin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio ChorusDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester BerlinBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both as pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy always has struck me as one of our greatest musical intellects; yet, especially as he has matured, I often have found his performances lacking in all-out passion. However, this set of Scriabin symphonies finds him pullling out all the stops and turning in heated performances, guided by his ever-evident intelligence. These works contain two moments that typify arch romanticism: the gushing second allegro of the six-movement First symphony, and the romantic/heroic finale of the Second. Ashkenazy brings unusual fire and forward momentum to these sections, making these readings the preferred ones. If not quite in that definitive league, his Third symphony is as good as any in the catalog, and the Read more Fourth (better known as The Poem of Ecstasy) is more than respectable. The Berlin orchestras play with verve and virtuoso flair; the soloists have ideal voices, and the recorded sound is excellent.

– Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 26 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Brigitte Balleys (Mezzo Soprano), Sergei Larin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1900; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Schauspielhaus, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 29 by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 41 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin poème" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 46 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4, Op. 54 "Poem of ecstasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Le Poème de l'Extase, Op.54
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 1. Andante
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 3. Andante
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 4. Tempestoso
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 5. Marcia
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 1. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 2. Allegro dramatico
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 3. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 4. Vivace
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 5. Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 6. Andante
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.43 - "Le Poème Divin": 1a Introduction - Divin, grandiose (Lento)
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.43 - "Le Poème Divin": 1b Luttes: Mysterieux, tragique (Allegro)
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.43 - "Le Poème Divin": 2. Voluptes (Lento-vivo)
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.43 - "Le Poème Divin": 3. Jeu Divin (Allegro - vivo - allegro)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent Recording February 12, 2013 By Bob R. See All My Reviews "When you love a composer you can overlook the one flaw on this CD. That of course was splitting a symphony over two discs." Report Abuse
 Great music, Great price. Poor production September 27, 2012 By Jerry G.  (Edgewater, CO) See All My Reviews "Again, the CD's are very good. However, when ordering it didn't appear that Symphony #1 was split in two. The first two movements at the end of disc 1 and 3 thru 6 at the beginning of disc 2. Could have been worse they could have ended in the MIDDLE of a movement. No fault of Arkiv, but Decca blew it!!" Report Abuse
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