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Alexander Scriabin

Biography

Born: Jan 6, 1872; Russia   Died: Apr 27, 1915; Russia   Period: 20th Century
Mystic, visionary, virtuoso, and composer, Scriabin dedicated his life to creating musical works which would, as he believed, open the portals of the spiritual world. Scriabin took piano lessons as a child, joining, in 1884, Nikolay Zverov's class, where Rachmaninov was a fellow student. From 1888 to 1892, Scriabin studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where his teachers included Arensky, Taneyev, and Safonov. Although Scriabin's hand could not Read more easily stretch beyond an octave, he developed into a prodigious pianist, launching an international concert career in 1894. Scriabin started composing during his Conservatory years. Mostly inspired by Chopin, his early works include nocturnes, mazurkas, preludes, and etudes for piano. Typical examples of Romantic music for the piano, these works nevertheless reveal the composer's strong individuality. Toward the end of the century, Scriabin started writing orchestral works, earning a solid reputation as a composer, and obtaining a professorship at the Moscow Conservatory in 1898. In 1903, however, Scriabin abandoned his wife and their four children and embarked on a European journey with a young admirer, Tatyana Schloezer. During his sojourn in Western Europe, which lasted six years, Scriabin started developing an original, highly personal musical idiom, experimenting with new harmonic structures and searching for new sonorities. Among the works composed during this time was the Divine Poem.
In 1905, Scriabin discovered the theosophical teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, which became the intellectual foundation of his musical and philosophical efforts. In true Romantic tradition, he sought to situate his work as a composer in the wider spiritual and intellectual context of his age. Previously influenced by Nietzsche's ideas about the advent of a superhuman being, Scriabin embraced theosophy as an intellectual framework for his profound feelings about humankind's quest for God. Works from this period, exemplified by the Poem of Ecstasy (1908) and Prometheus (1910), reflect Scriabin's conception of music as a bridge to mystical ecstasy. While the ideas underlying his works may seem far-fetched, Scriabin's musical language included some fascinating, and very tangible, innovations, such as chords based on fourths and unexpected chromatic effects. Lacking an inner forward-moving force, Scriabin's later works nevertheless fascinate the listener by harmonic transformations which aim to reflect certain undefinable aspects of human consciousness. In addition, the composer, who strongly believed in the synaesthetic nature of art, experimented with sounds and colors, indicating, for example, lighting specification for the performance of particular works. Indeed, Scriabin's interest in color was hardly academic, considering that , as an orchestrator, he exploited the full potential of orchestral color. While Scriabin never quite crossed the threshold to atonality, his music nevertheless replaced the traditional concept of tonality by an intricate system of chords, some of which (e.g., the "mystic chord": C-F sharp-B flat-E-A-D) had an esoteric meaning. Scriabin's gradual move into realms beyond traditional tonality can be clearly heard in his ten piano sonatas; the last five, composed during 1912-1913, are without key signatures and certainly contain atonal moments. In 1915, Scriabin died in of septicemia caused by a carbuncle on his lip. Among his unfinished project was Mysterium, a grandiose religious synthesis of all arts which would herald the birth of a new world. Read less
Scriabin: Preludes Vol 1 / Evgeny Zarafiants
Release Date: 04/11/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553997   Number of Discs: 1
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Stephen Beus Plays Griffes And Scriabin
Release Date: 11/13/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907476   Number of Discs: 1
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Scriabin: Symphony No 2, Etc / Igor Golovchin, Moscow So
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553581   Number of Discs: 1
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Scriabin: Études (Complete) / Alexander Paley
Release Date: 06/10/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553070   Number of Discs: 1
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Scriabin: Symphony No 3, Etc / Golovschin, Moscow Symphony
Release Date: 10/05/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553582   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8 no 12

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    Lang Lang At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308255 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
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    Lang Lang At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308254 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
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    Extase: Etudes For Piano By Alexander Scriabin
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72640 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Michele Gurdal
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    Vladimir Horowitz - Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999602 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Ingolf Wunder 300
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001793002 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Raoul Koczalski  ... 
    Performer:  Ingolf Wunder
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International String Quartet
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    Lang Lang - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang,  Wu Yuxia,  Chen Shasha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Valery Gergiev,  Long Yu,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China  ... 
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    Voyage En Russie / Claire-marie Le Guay
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 169 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Claire-Marie le Guay
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    Vladimir Horowitz - The Video Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 907209 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Scriabin: Poem Of Ecstacy, Etc / Chitose Okashiro
    Label: Pro Piano   Catalog: 224519 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Chitose Okashiro
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    Chopin: Resonances
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 782 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy,  Karol Szymanowski  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Kenner
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    Brailowsky Plays Virtuoso Showpieces
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68165 Release Date: 02/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Lyapunov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces
    Label: Sophia Agranovich   Catalog: 50144452 Release Date: 12/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Sophia Agranovich
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    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Christopher Langdown - Live In London
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21218 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Claude Debussy,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Langdown
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    Balade Impressionniste
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Gallet,  Eric Aubier
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    Legendary Berlin Concert 18 May, 1986 / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760481 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    Denis Matsuev - Carnegie Hall Concert
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 729146 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Anatole Liadov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
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    Music Of The Romantic Pianist/Composer / Dubal, Waldoff
    Label: Arkiv   Catalog: 688 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Raphael Joseffy,  Alexander Scriabin,  Isidore Philipp,  Mischa Levitzki  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Waldoff,  David Dubal
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    Legendary Russian Pianists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9014 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kerer,  Konstantin Igumnov,  Yakov Flier,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  David Oistrakh,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Yerlow In Concert - Solo Piano Works
    Label: Mastershow   Catalog: 5637492155 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Robert Schumann,  Manuel de Falla,  Adolf Schulz-Evler  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Yerlow
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    Medtner, Scriabin: Poems & Fairy Tales, Etc / Irina Feoktistova
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1326 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Irina Feoktistova
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    Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Scriabin,  Prokofiev / Alexei Sultanov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001194 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexei Sultanov
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