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Trio - Scriabin: Complete Symphonies, Etc / Ashkenazy, Et Al


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000088102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Brigitte BalleysSergei LarinPeter Jablonski
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester BerlinBerlin RIAS Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Scriabin set is one of the finer offerings in Universal's Trio series. Vladimir Ashkenazy's crisp phrasing and lean orchestral sonorities contrast markedly with the lush appointments of Riccardo Muti's cycle, which relies heavily on the voluptuous sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra to make its effect. In this regard Muti scores over Ashkenazy in the First symphony, where the Russian conductor's crisp, no-nonsense approach sounds comparatively restrained (especially the highly emotive second movement). But the tables turn in Symphony No. 2. Here Ashkenazy's clarity and focus give much needed shape and rhythmic definition to this music, which tends to meander in Muti's hands. The finale is a perfect example: muscle with Ashkenazy; mush Read more with Muti.


Ashkenazy's sharp contours and high energy make for a distinctly compelling account of the rhapsodic Third Symphony, while in Poem of Ecstasy his passionate conducting galvanizes the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester to produce a stunningly executed, blistering performance. Prometheus does not reach this exalted level (Boulez's recording is one of the few that do), but Peter Jablonski and Ashkenazy do establish a synergistic rapport that evokes the music's mysticism. The two artists are just as in sync for Scriabin's early Chopinesque Piano Concerto, resulting in an elegant yet warmly romantic rendition.


The collection offers an additional bonus in Scriabin's Reverie. Composed a year after the Piano Concerto in 1898, it nonetheless displays a budding chromaticism along with hints of the sensuality that would typify the composer's later work. This, plus the excellent soloist and choral contributions--as well as Decca's clear and powerfully present sound--makes Ashkenazy's Scriabin set a choice acquisition, especially at the bargain price.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 26 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Brigitte Balleys (Mezzo Soprano), Sergei Larin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1900; Russia 
2.
Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 29 by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Russia 
4.
Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 
5.
Rêverie, Op. 24 by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
6.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin poème" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1904; Russia 
7.
Symphony no 4, Op. 54 "Poem of ecstasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 1. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 2. Allegro dramatico
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 3. Lento
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 4. Vivace
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 5. Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E, Op.26: 6. Andante
Promethée - Le Poème du Feu, Op.60
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 1. Andante
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 3. Andante
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 4. Tempestoso
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.29: 5. Marcia
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20: 3. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Best Comprehensive Set of Scriabin's Orch. Music November 26, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "Scriabin is more respected as a piano composer than for his orchestral music. There are some valid reasons for this: he didn't write much for orchestra, and the music can be quirky and self-indulgent. But this body of work is also unique, often poetic and above all, luxurious. Few composers have written such lush textures for the orchestra. If you're looking for tight construction or emotional objectivity, look elsewhere (and there are plenty of symphonies that fit these criteria, from Haydn to Stravinsky and beyond). But in my opinion, Scriabin at his best rivals Mahler emotionally and texturally. The set by Muti makes my case better than any (I've heard many), with intense performances and outstandingly life-like sound. But I'd recommend alongside it this one by Ashkenazy. His 3-disc set is more comprehensive (adding the piano concerto and short Reveries), and the approach is different (emphasizing clarity over grandiosity, to expose surprising details in the orchestrations). " Report Abuse
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