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: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Gergiev, Halsey, London Symphony
Release Date: 05/13/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 770   Number of Discs: 1
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Scriabin: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 771   Number of Discs: 1
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Light: Scriabin & Stockhausen / Mosell
Release Date: 06/03/2016   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002498802   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt, Scriabin, Medtner / Prommachart
Release Date: 08/14/2015   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 104   Number of Discs: 1
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Scriabin: Piano Works / Lucille Chung
Release Date: 02/25/2003   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 416   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8 no 12

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    Light: Scriabin & Stockhausen / Mosell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002498802 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Vanessa Benelli Mosell
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    Horowitz in Moscow
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002475702 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Sofronitsky: Concert Recordings [5 CD + DVD]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002312 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki
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    Solo / McCarthy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554225 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Einaudi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas McCarthy
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Return to Chicago / Horowitz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403702 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Nuances - Scriabin / Valentina Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002387102 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Verbier Festival: Best Of 2014
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551695 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Arvo Pärt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Sergei Babayan,  Daniil Trifonov,  Jan Lisiecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Marc Minkowski,  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Shtarkman,  Stefan Ruha,  Victoria Stefanescu,  Lev Vlasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Boris Khaikin,  Neeme Järvi,  Fuat Mansurov  ... 
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    Horowitz Plays Scriabin - Remastered
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503837 Release Date: 05/18/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Scriabin: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280502 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Alexander Nemtin
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gordon Fergus-Thompson,  Vovka Ashkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Igor Golovchin,  Valery Gergiev,  Eliahu Inbal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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    Scriabin: Complete Mazurkas
    Label: Evidence   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  François Chaplin
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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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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    Lazar Berman Rarities, Vol. 2
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6686 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman
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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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    Scriabin: Poem of Ecstacy (Piano Version), Preludes, 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,  Karol Szymanowski,  Bill Evans  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Kenner
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    Brailowsky Plays Virtuoso Showpieces
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68165 Release Date: 02/11/2011   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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