Scriabin: Complete Piano Music

Scriabin: Complete Piano Music
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Artist Dmitri Alexeev piano
Format 8 CD
Cat. number 95913
EAN code 5028421959139
Release December 2021

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The history of Scriabin’s piano music is like a condensed history of piano music, for his style changed perhaps more than any other composer during his life. It has been said that young Scriabin kept Chopin’s music under his pillow, and the early Preludes and Mazurkas certainly breathe the same heightened air of ardour and yearning. His journey from the traditional tonal harmony of these Chopinesque beginnings to his atonal ‘Mystic chord’ (based on fourths) is, however, a masterfully smooth one, best appreciated when taking the sum of his work into account.

Born in 1947, long resident in London as a professor at the Royal College of Music, Dmitri Alexeev entered the Moscow Conservatory at six years of age. A string of EMI recordings in the 80s established his reputation worldwide, but they included scant representation of one of his most ardent passions, the music of Scriabin, beyond the concertante Prometheus conducted by Riccardo Muti. Alexeev’s touch emulates the contemporary accounts of Scriabin’s own playing, which did not rely on power because of his slight build. Rather, he ‘captivated the listener through his ability to enhance his sound with an extraordinary range and gradation of colour…his fingers seemingly plucked the sound from the piano keys…as if his hands flew over the keyboard barely touching it.’

Made between 2008 and 2019 in London and in the purpose-built Music Room at Champs Hill, home to many superlative modern chamber-music albums, these recordings won broad critical acclaim on their original publication. Their reissue at super-budget price makes an obvious first port of call for any listener looking to immerse themselves in the rich, heady world of Scriabin’s piano writing. ‘I would not be surprised to hear that Alexeev kept scores of Scriabin under his pillow. He brings a lifetime of experience to this music… Alexeev can summon all of the requisite technical prowess, power and excitement to bring off the large works in a manner befitting their extroverted style… As a miniaturist, Alexeev brings exceptional poetry and nuance to each little piece… Alexeev should be considered among the great Scriabin interpreters.’ Fanfare, September 2021
‘Alexeev’s temperamental affinity… comes paired with sovereign command of colours and intonations… He never deviates into aggression or superficiality, conveying instead an overall impression of humane dignity and a powerful sense of journey.’ Gramophone, March 2019

New recordings of the complete Scriabin (1872-1915) piano works are rare, and rightly so, only the greatest have the insight, abilities and guts to explore the cosmic and metaphysic world of these 20th century masterworks. Dmitri Alexeev is such an artist: equipped with a formidable technique he immerses himself in the hyper individualistic style of the eccentric Russian, delving deeply, to get to the bottom of such pieces like the “Black Mass” sonata, or its spiritual opposite, the “White Mass” sonata. This 8-CD set presents a fascinating journey, starting from the romantic, Chopin-inspired early works, towards the later works, written in the unique “Scriabinesque” atonal language, inspired by his theosophical ideas, and megalomaniac metaphysics.
Includes the complete Sonatas, Preludes, Mazurkas, Studies, Poèmes and other short pieces.
The release of the separate issues was met with unanimous enthusiastic reviews, 5 stars in Diapason, Fono Forum, Luister, Gramophone and other magazines. “He emphasizes the music’s lyrical beauty without sacrificing energy or forward mobility…few recordings are so intrinsically beautiful as Alexeev’s.” Jed Distler on Classicstoday.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Valse, Op. 1
  2. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Pièces, Op. 2: I. Étude in C-Sharp Minor. Andante
  3. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Pièces, Op. 2: II. Prelude in B Major
  4. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Pièces, Op. 2: III. Impromptu à la mazur in C Major
  5. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: I. Tempo giusto in B Minor
  6. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: II. Allegretto non tanto in F-Sharp Minor
  7. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: III. Allegretto in G Minor
  8. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: IV. Moderato in E Major
  9. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: V. Doloroso in D-Sharp Minor
  10. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: VI. Scherzando in C-Sharp Minor
  11. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: VII. Con passione in E Minor
  12. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: VIII. Con moto in B-Flat Minor
  13. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: IX. Mazurka in G-Sharp Minor
  14. Alexander Scriabin: 10 Mazurkas, Op. 3: X. Mazurka in E-Flat Minor
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Allegro appassionato, Op. 4
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 5
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne No. 2 in A Major, Op. 5

Disk 2

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 6: I. Allegro con fuoco
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 6: II. Crotchet = 40
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 6: III. Presto – Funèbre
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 1 à la mazur in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 7
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 2 à la mazur in F-Sharp Major
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 1 in C-Sharp Major, Op. 8. Allegro
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 8. A capriccio, con forza
  8. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 8. Tempestoso
  9. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 4 in B Major, Op. 8. Piacevole
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 5 in E Major, Op. 8. Brioso
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 6 in A Major, Op. 8. Con grazia
  12. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 7 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 8. Presto tenebroso, agitato
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 8. Lento, tempo rubato
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 9 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 8. Alla ballata
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 10 in D-Flat Major. Allegro
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 11 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 8. Andante cantabile
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Ètude No. 12 in D-Sharp Minor, Op. 8. Patetico
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9: I. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
  19. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9: II. Nocturne

Disk 3

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 10
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus in A Major, Op. 10
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, Op. 11
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 11
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in G Major, Op. 11
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 11
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 5 in D Major, Op. 11
  8. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 11
  9. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 7 in A Major, Op. 11
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 9 in E Major, Op. 11
  12. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 11
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 11 in B Major, Op. 11
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 11
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 13 in G-Flat Major, Op. 11
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 11
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Op. 11
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 11
  19. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, Op. 11
  20. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 18 in F Minor, Op. 11
  21. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11
  22. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 11
  23. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11
  24. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 22 in G Minor, Op. 11
  25. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 23 in F Major, Op. 11
  26. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 11
  27. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 1 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 12
  28. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 12
  29. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, Op. 13
  30. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13
  31. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in G Major, Op. 13
  32. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 13
  33. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 5 in D Major, Op. 13
  34. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 13
  35. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 1 in B Major, Op. 14
  36. Alexander Scriabin: Impromptus No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 14
  37. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in A Major, Op. 15
  38. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 15
  39. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 15
  40. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in E Major, Op. 15
  41. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor
  42. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in B Major, Op. 16
  43. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 16
  44. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 16
  45. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 16
  46. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 5 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 16

Disk 4

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 17
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 17
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in D-Flat Major, Op. 17
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 17
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 5 in F Minor, Op. 17
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 17
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 7 in G Minor, Op. 17
  8. Alexander Scriabin: Allegro de concert, Op. 18
  9. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19: I. Andante
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19: II. Presto
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Polonaise, Op. 21
  12. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 22. Andante
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 22. Andante
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in B Major, Op. 22. Allegretto
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in B Minor. Andantino
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23: I. Drammatico
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23: II. Allegretto
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23: III. Andante
  19. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23: IV. Presto con fuoco

Disk 5

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 25
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 2 in C Major, Op. 25
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 25
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 4 in E Major, Op. 25
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 25
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 6 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 25
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25
  8. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 8 in B Major, Op. 25
  9. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 9 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 25
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in B Major, Op. 27
  12. Alexander Scriabin: Fantaisie, Op. 28
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 30: I. Andante
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 30: II. Prestissimo volando
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in D-Flat/C Major, Op. 31
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 31
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 31
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in C Major, Op. 31
  19. Alexander Scriabin: Poème No. 1 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 32
  20. Alexander Scriabin: Poème No. 2 in D Major, Op. 32
  21. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in E Major, Op. 33
  22. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 33
  23. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in C Major, Op. 33
  24. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 33
  25. Alexander Scriabin: Poème tragique, Op. 34

Disk 6

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 35
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in C Major, Op. 35
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Poème satanique, Op. 36
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 37
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 37
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in B Major, Op. 37
  8. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 37
  9. Alexander Scriabin: Valse, Op. 38
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 39
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in D Major, Op. 39
  12. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in G Major, Op. 39
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 39
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 40
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 40
  16. Alexander Scriabin: Poème, Op. 41
  17. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 42. Presto
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 42
  19. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 3 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 42. Prestissimo
  20. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 4 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 42. Andante
  21. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 42. Affannato
  22. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 6 in D-Flat Major,Op. 42. Esaltato
  23. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 42. Agitato
  24. Alexander Scriabin: Étude No. 8 in E-Flat Major, Op. 42. Allegro
  25. Alexander Scriabin: Feuillet d’album in F-Sharp Major
  26. Alexander Scriabin: Poème No. 1 in C Major, Op. 44. Lento
  27. Alexander Scriabin: Poème No. 2 in C Major, Op. 44. Moderato
  28. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 45: I. Feuillet d’album
  29. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 45: II. Poème fantasque
  30. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 45: III. Prelude in E-Flat Major
  31. Alexander Scriabin: Scherzo, Op. 46
  32. Alexander Scriabin: Quasi-valse in F Major, Op. 47
  33. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 48
  34. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2 in C Major, Op. 48
  35. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 3 in D-Flat Major, Op. 48
  36. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 4 in C Major, Op. 48
  37. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux Op. 49: I. Étude in E-Flat Major
  38. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux Op. 49: II. Prelude in F Major
  39. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux Op. 49: III. Rêverie
  40. Alexander Scriabin: Morceaux, Op. 51: I. Fragilité
  41. Alexander Scriabin: Morceaux, Op. 51: II. Prelude in A Minor
  42. Alexander Scriabin: Morceaux, Op. 51: III. Poème ailé
  43. Alexander Scriabin: Morceaux, Op. 51: IV. Danse languide

Disk 7

  1. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 52: I. Poème
  2. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 52: II. Énigme
  3. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Morceaux, Op. 52: III. Poème languide
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
  5. Alexander Scriabin: 4 Pièces, Op. 56: I. Prelude in E-Flat Major
  6. Alexander Scriabin: 4 Pièces, Op. 56: II. Ironies
  7. Alexander Scriabin: 4 Pièces, Op. 56: III. Nuances
  8. Alexander Scriabin: 4 Pièces, Op. 56: IV. Étude
  9. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Morceaux, Op. 57: I. Désir
  10. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Morceaux, Op. 57: II. Caresse dansée
  11. Alexander Scriabin: Feuillet d’album, Op. 58
  12. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Morceaux, Op. 59: I. Poème
  13. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Morceaux, Op. 59: II. Prelude
  14. Alexander Scriabin: Poème–Nocturne, Op. 61
  15. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 6, Op. 62
  16. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 63: I. Masque
  17. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 63: II. Étrangeté
  18. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 7, Op. 64

Disk 8

  1. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Études, Op. 65: I. Allegro fantastic
  2. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Études, Op. 65: II. Allegretto
  3. Alexander Scriabin: 3 Études, Op. 65: III. Molto vivace
  4. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 8, Op. 66
  5. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 1, Op. 67
  6. Alexander Scriabin: Prelude No. 2, Op. 67
  7. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 9, Op. 68
  8. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 69: I. Allegretto
  9. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 69: II. Allegretto
  10. Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 10, Op. 70
  11. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 71: I. Fantastique
  12. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes, Op. 71: II. En rêvant, avec une grande douceur
  13. Alexander Scriabin: Vers la flame, Op. 72
  14. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Danses, Op. 73: I. Guirlandes
  15. Alexander Scriabin: 2 Danses, Op. 73: II. Flammes sombres
  16. Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74: I. Douloureux, déchirant
  17. Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74: II. Très lent, contemplative
  18. Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74: III. Allegro drammatico
  19. Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74: IV. Lent, vague, indécis
  20. Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74: V. Fier, belliqueux