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Scriabin: Symphony No. 2 & Piano Concerto / Petrenko, Gerstein, Oslo Philharmonic

Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1139  
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available: Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Petrenko and Scriabin: Symphony No. 1 & Prometheus / Petrenko

Among the diverse figures of musical modernism in early twentieth century Europe, Alexander Scriabin was by far one of the most eccentric and most mystical. With innovative sounds and utopian ideas, the Russian composer, philosopher and mystic challenged not only performers and listeners of his time, but also frameworks of thought, categories of history, and limits of art. Scriabin’s seemingly egocentric outlook, megalomania and delusions have been psychoanalyzed, ridiculed, and brushed aside. Nonetheless, he
Read more sincerely believed himself that art in general, and his own music especially, could change the world and elevate humanity to a new and higher level of consciousness. In spite of small pianist hands and symphonic opposition, Scriabin continued to composer music both for orchestra and for piano, music which few have fully understood and which none have managed to copy. Even in his early works- such as the Piano Concerto and Symphony No. 2- he was about to break with tradition and create his own style and musical expression. And perhaps at the same time he was taking important steps on the road toward the great Mystery that awaited him at the foot of the Himalayas, though only he can provide an answer. Meanwhile, listeners can appreciate music of a composer who undeniably throughout his career dared to think outside the box.



Russian born Kirill Gerstein is in quite magnificent form with one feeling he is savouring every note of Scriabin’s concerto. The intensely restless quality is marked with Gerstein charging the opening movement with reserves of nervous energy and passion. Commendable is the gentle, rather sensual quality obtained from the Andante and in the Finale: Allegro moderato Gerstein combines the virtuosity of Liszt with the flowing melodies of Rachmaninov.

Displaying a real affinity for Scriabin’s music overall this is a memorable album from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under its chief conductor Vasily Petrenko deserving of praise.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 29 by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 

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