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Scriabin: Preludes Vol 2 / Evgeny Zarafiants


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander ScriabinJulian Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As Scriabin's Preludes progressively leave their Chopin models behind and dig deeper into sensuous abstraction, Evgeny Zarafiants' probing, dark toned interpretations truly hit home. No skating over Scriabin's increasingly troubled waters for this pianist, whose wide dynamic range and multi-tiered palette of articulations add dramatic dimension and heft to these elusive scores. The real eye-openers, though, are four preludes written by Scriabin's eleven-year-old son Julian. They're quite extraordinary in their confident, fluent piano writing and harmonic sophistication, bearing hints of early Schoenberg alongside the elder Scriabin's musical style. Julian drowned at age 11 in 1919. We will never know if he would have grown up to take over Read more the family business, so to speak, yet these remarkable pieces are no doubt worthy of the Scriabin name.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 31 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 33 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5. Preludes (3) for Piano, Op. 35 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 37 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 39 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45: no 3, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 48 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 49: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 56: no 1, Prélude in E flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59: no 2, Prélude by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14. Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15. Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 74 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16. Preludes (4) for Piano by Julian Scriabin
Performer:  Evgeny Zarafiants (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1918; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

4 Preludes, Op. 22: I. Prelude No. 1 in G sharp minor: Andante
4 Preludes, Op. 22: II. Prelude No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante
4 Preludes, Op. 22: III. Prelude No. 3 in B major: Allegretto
4 Preludes, Op. 22: IV. Prelude No. 4 in B minor: Andantino
2 Preludes, Op. 27: I. Prelude No. 1 in G minor: Patetico
2 Preludes, Op. 27: II. Prelude No. 2 in B major: Andante
4 Preludes, Op. 31: I. Prelude No. 1 in D flat major / C major
4 Preludes, Op. 31: II. Prelude No. 2 in F minor
4 Preludes, Op. 31: III. Prelude No. 3 in E flat major
4 Preludes, Op. 31: IV. Prelude No. 4 in C major
4 Preludes, Op. 33: I. Prelude No. 1 in E major
4 Preludes, Op. 33: II. Prelude No. 2 in F sharp major: Vagamente
4 Preludes, Op. 33: III. Prelude No. 3 in C major
4 Preludes, Op. 33: IV. Prelude No. 4 in A flat major: Ardito, bellicoso
3 Preludes, Op. 35: I. Prelude No. 1 in D flat major: Allegro
3 Preludes, Op. 35: II. Prelude No. 2 in B flat major: Elevato
3 Preludes, Op. 35: III. Prelude No. 3 in C major: Scherzoso
4 Preludes, Op. 37: I. Prelude No. 1 in B flat minor: Mesto
4 Preludes, Op. 37: II. Prelude No. 2 in F sharp major: Maestoso, fiero
4 Preludes, Op. 37: III. Prelude No. 3 in B major: Andante
4 Preludes, Op. 37: IV. Prelude No. 4 in G minor: Irato impetuoso
4 Preludes, Op. 39: I. Prelude No. 1 in F sharp major: Allegro
4 Preludes, Op. 39: II. Prelude No. 2 in D major: Elevato
4 Preludes, Op. 39: III. Prelude No. 3 in G major: Languido
4 Preludes, Op. 39: IV. Prelude No. 4 in F minor
Hands Up: Prelude in E flat major, Op. 45: III. Andante
4 Preludes, Op. 48: I. Prelude No. 1 in F sharp major: Impetuoso fiero
4 Preludes, Op. 48: II. Prelude No. 2 in C major: Poetico con delizio
4 Preludes, Op. 48: III. Prelude No. 3 in D flat major: Capricciosamente affannato
4 Preludes, Op. 48: IV. Prelude No. 4 in C major: Festivamente
3 Pieces, Op. 49: Prelude in F major, Op. 49: II. Bruscamente irato
4 Pieces, Op. 51: Prelude in A minor, Op. 51: II. Lugubre
4 Pieces, Op. 56: Prelude in E flat minor, Op. 56: I. Violent, tres accentue
2 Pieces, Op. 59: Prelude Op. 59, No. 2: Sauvage, belliqueux
2 Preludes, Op. 67: I. Prelude No. 1: Andante
2 Preludes, Op. 67: II. Prelude No. 2: Presto
5 Preludes, Op. 74: I. Prelude No. 1: Douloureux, dechirant
5 Preludes, Op. 74: II. Prelude No. 2: Tres lent, contemplatif
5 Preludes, Op. 74: III. Prelude No. 3: Allegro drammatico
5 Preludes, Op. 74: IV. Prelude No. 4: Lent, vague, indecis
5 Preludes, Op. 74: V. Prelude No. 5: Fier, belliqueux
Prelude in C major, Op. 2: I. : Lento - Presto
Prelude in C major, Op. 2: II. Prelude in B major, Op. 3, No. 1
Prelude in C major, Op. 2: III. Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Prelude in C major, Op. 2: IV. Prelude in D flat major

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