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Horowitz Plays Scriabin (Remastered)


Release Date: 05/18/2015 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 503837   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



An excellent exploration of the eccentric composer by a master pianist of the past.

– Gramophone

According to the astute Russian musical and cultural historian, Solomon Volkov, Alexander Scriabin’s death in April 1915 precipitated a mass-fixation which has no precedent or equivalent. This Scriabin intoxication extended far beyond the musical sphere and permeated every sector of Russian cultural life – even Tchaikovsky never registered such a broad impact. It was in this charged climate that Vladimir Horowitz, born in 1903, was raised. Horowitz’s family had longstanding ties to the musical elite in Kiev, and it was through these connections
Read more that Horowitz was introduced to Scriabin’s music and to the composer himself. Horowitz came to his mastery of Scriabin through a confluence of circumstances. In 1965 he explained that, by the time he retired in 1953, he had grown tired of “modern” music and sought to return to the “romantic” and “classical” composers, like Scriabin, that he had known during his childhood.

The performances on Horowitz Plays Scriabin, a newly remastered 3-CD set, document a trajectory from 1950 to 1976, both with regard to the Scriabin repertoire Horowitz selected and to his powers of interpretation. Horowitz’s admonition that “I will grow until I die!” is most tangibly confirmed by the stark difference in his two live recorded performances of Scriabin’s Ninth Sonata, often known as the “Black Mass,” from 1953 and 1965. Horowitz heavily favored the latter.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1 in C major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 10 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 9 in E major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 3 in G major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 16 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 13 in G flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 14 in E flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
9.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1896; Russia 
10.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16: no 1 in B major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1895; Russia 
11.
Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13: no 6 in G major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; Russia 
12.
Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16: no 4 in E flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1895; Russia 
13.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in G minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
14.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
15.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 48: no 3 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Russia 
16.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
17.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
18.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 5 in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
19.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22: no 1 in G sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; Russia 
20.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2: no 1, Etude in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1965 
21.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1965 
22.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1962 
23.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45: no 1, Feuillet d'album by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1972 
24.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 2 in F sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
25.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 11 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
26.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 10 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1972 
27.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 8 in A flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
28.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 3 in F sharp minor "La moustique" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1972 
29.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 4 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1972 
30.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 5 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1972 
31.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
32.
Vers la flamme, Op. 72 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
33.
Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
34.
Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 65: no 3, Molto Vivace by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 
35.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1965 
36.
Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1966 
37.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Russia 
38.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
39.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 5 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 

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