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Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Marc-Andre Hamelin


Release Date: 04/10/1996 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67131/2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both as composer and virtuoso pianist, Scriabin was heir to the Classical and Romantic sonata tradition, but the transformation of this musical language in his own works was to be crucial for the survival of the sonata principle into the twentieth century. This set includes all ten of the 'mature' Sonatas, the Fantaisie, Op 28, and the youthful Sonate-fantaisie. This last, published only after the composer's death, shows an astonishingly sure hand developing in the fourteen-year-old. PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK JUNO AWARD (CANADA) CLASSIC CD DISC OF THE MONTH CLASSIC CD 100 GREATEST DISCS OF THE DECADE Both as composer and virtuoso pianist, Scriabin was heir to the Classical and Romantic sonata tradition, but the transformation of this musical language in his own works was to be crucial for the survival of the sonata principle into the twentieth century. This set includes all ten of the 'mature' Sonatas, the Fantaisie, Op 28, and the youthful Sonate-fantaisie. This last, published only after the composer's death, shows an astonishingly sure hand developing in the fourteen-year-old. PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK JUNO AWARD (CANADA) CLASSIC CD DISC OF THE MONTH CLASSIC CD 100 GREATEST DISCS OF THE DECADE Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; Russia 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1897; Russia 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Russia 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Russia 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in F sharp major, Op. 64 "White Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Russia 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 8, Op. 66 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
11.
Fantasy for Piano in B minor, Op. 28 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
12.
Sonata-fantasy for Piano in G sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Scriabin at his best December 4, 2012 By M. Hereish (Chandler, QC) See All My Reviews "Marvelous recording, quality of sound..." Report Abuse
 Virtuosity that reveals the composer's mind September 18, 2012 By R Gregory C (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "Other pianists, to be sure, have offered beautiful and stirring readings of these Sonatas, but for my money Hamelin goes further: Here is virtuosity more intent on bringing us into the mind of the composer and less intent on bringing down the house. Don't get me wrong, the performer's technique is astounding as always, but these interpretations point up the crucial struggles and ecstasies of Scriabin's fertile and quirky mind. Yes, many of us enjoy a bit of Horowitzian man-versus-piano in the mix (so don't ask me to part with my Ashkenazy set on Decca), but these are the renditions I trust most to bring me closer to the composer. Given the tumult that these scores occasionally call for, I'm also impressed that the sonics are consistently warm and un-clangorous." Report Abuse
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