Scriabin: Complete Opus Solo Piano Works / Lettberg

Release Date: 10/25/2011
Label: Capriccio
Catalog Number: C49586
Performer: Maria Lettberg
Number of Discs: 9

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$29.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

So far as I know, only two pianists have recorded comprehensive Scriabin solo-piano cycles. One is Michael Ponti; the other is Maria Lettberg, a Riga-born Swedish national residing in Berlin, who lived with this repertoire for years, and even wrote a doctoral thesis on Scriabin. She recorded all of Scriabin’s solo piano works with opus numbers between 2004 and 2007 for a co-production between the Capriccio label and Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Unlike Ponti, with his horribly-engineered and ill-tuned instrument, Lettberg enjoys the advantage of a beautifully regulated concert grand and resplendent, lifelike engineering. She revels in the composer’s dynamic extremes and inner-voice labyrinths both real and implied. Her big, juicy sonority and refined articulation consistently address the sensual element that perpetually lurks underneath the surface of nearly every composition, from the early, Chopin-influenced Preludes, Etudes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, and sundry short pieces to the harmonically ambiguous, intensely mystical late sonatas and poems. Granted, you won’t encounter the ice in the fire revealed throughout the younger Richter’s incisive live Second, Fifth, or Ninth sonatas, nor the jackhammer impact of Horowitz’s repeated chords in Vers la flame or his trills in the Tenth sonata. At the same time, Lettberg can unleash enough fervent momentum to help tighten looser-knit works like the Fantasie Op. 28 and the rarely played Allegro Appassionato Op. 4.

A bonus DVD features Lettberg in excerpts from different sonatas interspersed with discussions about the music and a multi-media project called “Mysterium”, where video artist Andreas Schmidt reinterprets the music in terms of abstract manipulations of color. While Lettberg may not displace favorite versions of specific works, her overall consistency, meticulous technique, and total identification with Scriabin’s idiom deserve nothing less than our highest rating. Capriccio’s bargain price is enough to forgive the pianist’s poorly organized booklet notes, although they contain many interesting quotations from the composer.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Waltz for Piano no 1 in F minor Op. 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1885 ; Russia
2. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
3. Vers la flamme, Op. 72 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; Russia
4. Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1913 ; Russia
5. Sonata for Piano no 8, Op. 66 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1913 ; Russia
6. Sonata for Piano no 7 in F sharp major, Op. 64 "White Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Russia
7. Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Russia
8. Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Russia
9. Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
10. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1897-1898 ; Russia
11. Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892-1897 ; Russia
12. Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
13. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892 ; Russia
14. Quasi valse for Piano in F major, Op. 47 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; Russia
15. Preludes (7) for Piano, Op. 17 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895-1896 ; Russia
16. Preludes (6) for Piano, Op. 13 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895 ; Russia
17. Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 74 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; Russia
18. Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1894-1895 ; Russia
19. Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 15 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895-1896 ; Russia
20. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 48 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; Russia
21. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 39 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
22. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 37 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
23. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 33 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
24. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 31 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
25. Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1897 ; Russia
26. Preludes (3) for Piano, Op. 35 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
27. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1888-1896 ; Russia
28. Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 67 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1913 ; Russia
29. Preludes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900 ; Russia
30. Polonaise for piano in B flat minor, Op. 21 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1897 ;
31. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 71 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; Russia
32. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; Russia
33. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 63 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Russia
34. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 44 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; Russia
35. Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
36. Poème-nocturne for Piano, Op. 61 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Russia
37. Poème tragique for Piano, Op. 34 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
38. Poème satanique for Piano, Op. 36 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
39. Poème for Piano, Op. 41 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
40. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 56 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ;
41. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 51 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Russia
42. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Russia
43. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Russia
44. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1887-1889 ; Russia
45. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 59 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Russia
46. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 57 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Russia
47. Pieces (2) for Piano left hand, Op. 9 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1894 ; Russia
48. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 5 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890 ; Russia
49. Mazurkas (9) for Piano, Op. 25 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899 ; Moscow
50. Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902-1903 ; Russia
51. Mazurkas (10) for Piano, Op. 3 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1889 ; Moscow
52. Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 14 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895 ; Russia
53. Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 12 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895 ; Russia
54. Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 10 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Russia
55. Feuillet d'album, Op. 58 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Russia
56. Fantasy for Piano in B minor, Op. 28 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900 ; Russia
57. Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Russia
58. Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 65 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; Russia
59. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1894 ; Russia
60. Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 73 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; Russia
61. Allegro de Concert for Piano, Op. 18 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1896 ; Russia
62. Allegro appassionato for Piano, Op. 4 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
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