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Vladimir Horowitz Plays Scriabin

Horowitz,Vladimir / Scriabin
Release Date: 11/30/2010 
Label:  Idi   Catalog #: 6602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recommended as an introduction to the range of Scriabin’s solo piano music, by one of his finest interpreters.

Alexander Scriabin was a respected yet isolated figure in Russian music a century ago. That isolation came about because his life overlapped all of “The Five” (Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov) yet he had little contact with them. Also he was separated musically and philosophically from the next generation, including Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. He was respected because, even though he lived only 43 years, he packed a full and impressive range of composing styles into that short time. He was a composing student of Arensky and Taneyev at the Moscow Conservatory, and won the Little Gold Medal
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He toured as a concert pianist for most of his twenties, while composing piano etudes, preludes and sonatas. Most of these were published to positive reviews. His style in this early period reminds one of Chopin, and this can be heard in the early works on this disc. His only Piano Concerto is from this period and is a gem. Scriabin became more interested in unusual harmonies and textures, and Sonatas No. 3 and No. 9 on this disc illustrate the progression. He came under Nietzsche’s influence and became more mystical, even planning in his final years a magnum opus, Mysterium, that would combine music, language, light, colour, scent and dance. Only a few of the later Preludes on this recording hint at his mysticism.

Vladimir Horowitz (1903–1989) met Scriabin when he was eleven, a year before the composer’s death, and played for him. Scriabin was enthusiastic, but cautioned that Horowitz needed more training. These recordings of Scriabin’s music were made during the second (of four) of Horowitz’s “retirements” (1953–1956) and most are “studio recordings” but may well have been recorded in his New York town-house. Only the Sonata No. 9 and the Etudes are performed before a live audience. All these are mono recordings - Horowitz’s first stereo recording was in 1959 - but were lovingly re-mastered in Italy in 2010. The accompanying booklet says nothing about Scriabin, nor Horowitz. Nevertheless the disc is recommended as an introduction to the range of Scriabin’s solo piano music, by one of his finest interpreters.

-- Paul Serotsky, MusicWeb International
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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.
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 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
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 
6.
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 
7.
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 
8.
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 
9.
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 
10.
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 
11.
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 
12.
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 
13.
Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13: no 6 in G major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; Russia 
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in G minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
19.
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 
20.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
21.
Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 

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