Scriabin occupies a place apart in the history of Russian music: refusing influences from the folkloric tradition, his evolution is constant and spectacular from the works influenced by Chopin and Liszt through to the tonal deconstruction of the final works. An extremely talented pianist, he found in his instrument a fertile terrain for exploration just as much for technical possibilities as for the expression of a philosophical or spiritual idea. This recording bears witness to this through the exhilarating and sensitive playing of Vadym Kholodenko.
Vadym Kholodenko presents a coherent and colorful program that includes a representative handful of Scriabin's early preludes, two of theRead more middle piano sonatas, a set of etudes, and three of the poems for keyboard. His ample technical skills and expressive powers combine to make these performances both evanescent and powerful, and the sounds he produces range from the fleeting and delicate to the ecstatically explosive.
Perfect one-disc introduction to ScriabinAugust 19, 2018By R Gregory Capaldini (Arlington, VA)See All My Reviews"This CD's programming alone won me over. If, arguably, the composer's highly abstract late works are passed over, the chronologically ordered selection of keyboard preludes, sonatas, and tone-poems paints a vivid picture of Scriabin's transition from imitation of Chopin to finding his one-of-a-kind voice. The pianist takes occasional liberties but does so quite persuasively, and I can imagine this recital winning new admirers for this occasionally-passed-over repertoire. Buy without hesitation!"Report Abuse