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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas No 1, 4 & 8, Poemes / Alexander Ghindin

Scriabin / Ghindin
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since his 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition victory, Alexander Ghindin has attracted attention for the powerful technique, wide dynamic range, and ardent temperament he brings to Russian repertoire, as this Scriabin recital amply bears out. The various Poèmes are massively textured, generously pedaled, and generally quite spacious in relation to, say, Pascal Amoyel's chaster, more classically proportioned interpretations.

Yet the brief and whimsical Op. 45 and Op. 51 pieces and the Fourth sonata's Prestissimo volando brilliantly show off the hair-trigger control and supple reflexes of Ghindin's fast playing. And even when considering how strident and monochromatic the engineering becomes in loud passages
Read more (to say nothing of the piano's inconsistently-held tuning), the multi-leveled color and sensuality characterizing Ghindin's Scriabin pianism still comes through; listen to the Eighth sonata's gorgeously-tapered trills, effortless double notes, and darting, ecstasy-inducing arpeggiated figures at different dynamic levels. Production issues aside, this is a masterful Scriabin disc, definitely worth checking out.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 8, Op. 66 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; Russia 
4.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 71 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
5.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
6.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 63 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Russia 
7.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 44 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Russia 
8.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
9.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 3, Poème ailé by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
10.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59: no 1, Poème by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
11.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Poeme Fantastique by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Ghindin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Russia 

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