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Scriabin: Symphonies / Muti, Philadelphia

Release Date: 12/20/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92744   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Stefania ToczyskaMichael MyersFrank KaderabekDmitri Alexeev
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraWestminster ChoirChoral Arts Society of Philadelphia
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No need to mince words here: this is the best Scriabin symphony cycle ever recorded, and arguably the finest thing that Muti did in Philadelphia. To the orchestra's characteristically opulent tone Muti brings to this music a healthy and much needed dose of rhythmic discipline and dynamism. The result is an unusually cogent account of the first three symphonies (especially the Third, the so-called "Divine Poem"), and a Poem of Ecstasy overwhelming in its voluptuous power. The sonics suffer a bit from the same problems that afflict most EMI digitals from Philadelphia--a certain glassy quality and diffuseness in the lower registers--but given the sound quality of most other Scriabin
Read more symphony recordings there's no need to make too much of this fact. You can still wallow in the music's luxurious textures to your heart's content. At the Brilliant Classics price, this set is the very definition of the term "no brainer". Some would apply that term to Scriabin's music as well, but it's a hard charge to make stick after hearing this set, and no praise can be higher.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 26 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Stefania Toczyska (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Myers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1900; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 50 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 29 by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 48 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin počme" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 48 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Symphony no 4, Op. 54 "Poem of ecstasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Frank Kaderabek (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 20 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 20 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Recording of Underated Symphonies November 26, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "Scriabin is more respected as a piano composer than for his orchestral music. There are some valid reasons for this: he didn't write much for orchestra, and the music can be quirky and self-indulgent. But this body of work is also unique, often poetic and above all, luxurious. Few composers have written such lush textures for the orchestra. If you're looking for tight construction or emotional objectivity, look elsewhere (and there are plenty of symphonies that fit these criteria, from Haydn to Stravinsky and beyond). But in my opinion, Scriabin at his best rivals Mahler emotionally and texturally. And this set by Muti makes my case better than any (I've heard many), with intense performances and outstandingly life-like sound. The only set I'd recommend alongside it is Ashkenazy. His 3-disc set is more comprehensive (adding the piano concerto and short Reveries), and the approach is different (emphasizing clarity over grandiosity, to expose surprising details in the orchestrations)." Report Abuse
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