Recorded on 02/22/2005, uploaded on 01/17/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
The Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin is undoubtedly among
the most fascinating and unusual figures in the history of music. His remarkable compositional career, which
began in a Romantic and Chopinesque style and ended in a modern and highly
individual one, has inspired an almost cult-like following. In his three sets of Etudes, Op. 8, 42 and
65, Scriabin explored new facets of modern pianism which demand a highly
developed sense of sonority and sure control of polyrhythms, such as in the simultaneous
use of triple and duple beat subdivision.
Twelve Etudes, Op. 8, were composed in 1894 and revised several times before
publication. The tonal language is
still fairly traditional, but already displays traces of the originality and
frenetic energy evident in later works.
Most of the pieces make great demands on the pianist's technique, and
were perhaps intended as a vehicle through which Scriabin could display his own
remarkable pianistic gifts. No. 2 in f-sharp minor pits five against
three. No. 3 in b minor offers
tempestuous octaves and chords, and two-against-three beats. No. 5 in E Major
is a favorite with sonorous octaves and quick chords. No. 9 in c-sharp minor,
marked Alla ballata, is another fine
octave study. No. 10 in D-flat Major is a famous study in major thirds and
left-hand skips. No. 12 in d-sharp
minor, marked Patetico, closes out
the set in a broad, declamatory style with bravura
and élan. Jason Peterson
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
This is very mediocre. There is no even trace of Scriabin. It is too heavy and loud. Why people want to record etudes if they don't have first class pianism? Slow etudes are even worse. Very boring.
I don't really listen to Scriabin very much-I'm more of a Chopin/Liszt person-so I can't really comment... but I don't think it's that bad. And there's nothing wrong with slow etudes, since they help technique as much as fast etudes. I've also heard some beautiful slow etudes by Chopin... and they're not boring... but that's my opinion.
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