Scriabin: Piano Works

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Scriabin: Piano Works


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2012



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27th Feb 2012




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Scriabin: Piano Works


12 Etudes for piano, Op. 8

Preludes, Op. 13 (6)

Preludes, Op. 16 (5)

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Vers la flamme, Op. 72



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This CD features the acclaimed Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen with piano works by Alexander Scriabin, which have become his signature pieces in recital.

The virtuoso sets of Etudes and Preludes cover a wide range of late-Romantic expressions, from heroic to religious, ecstatic to melancholic.

The Sonata No. 10 is regarded as one of Scriabin’s greatest works.

The collection culminates with the pianistic tour-de-force of Vers la flamme, an astonishing piece famously championed by the late Vladimir Horowitz.

Olli Mustonen has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, “a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists.”

Alexander Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894)

No. 1 in C sharp major: Allegro

No. 2 in F sharp minor: A capriccio, con forza

No. 3 in B minor: Tempestoso

No. 4 in B major: Piacevole

No. 5 in E major: Brioso

No. 6 in A major: Con grazia

No. 7 in B flat minor: Presto tenebroso, agitato

No. 8 in A flat major: Lento

No. 9 in G sharp minor: Alla ballata

No. 10 in D flat major: Allegro

No. 11 in B flat minor: Andante cantabile

No. 12 in D sharp minor: Patetico

Alexander Scriabin: 6 Preludes, Op. 13

No. 1 in C major: Maestoso

No. 2 in A minor: Allegro

No. 3 in G major: Andante

No. 4 in E minor: Allegro

No. 5 in D major: Allegro

No. 6 in B minor: Presto

Alexander Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 16

No. 1 in B major: Andante

No. 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro

No. 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile

No. 4 in E flat minor: Lento

No. 5 in F sharp minor: Allegretto

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, Op. 70

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, Op. 70

Alexander Scriabin: Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

The Guardian

22nd March 2012


“[Scriabin] is a composer you might expect would bring the best out of Mustonen, that he would respond well to the obsessiveness that characterises late Scriabin especially...Mustonen can't quite conjure the sheer hallucinatory weirdness that puts Vladimir Horowitz's recordings of these works in a class of their own, but he has a very good try.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2012

“An extraordinary pianist for extraordinary music. This is Scriabin as you have never heard him before, played by one of music's most formidable and compulsive free spirits...The music is made to leap flame-like and uncontained from the page and you could cut yourself on Mustonen's glittering sonority...Mustonen's beady and dazzling pianism in truly hypnotic...Few pianists have a more potent sense of the demoniac in music.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2012


“Mustonen emphasises the music's stylistic antecedents, rather than looking forward to the expressive ambivalence of Scriabin's later music...Whatever the technical demands involved, Mustonon always lets each miniature breath. His concentration on Scriabin's internal logic, rather than poetic suggestiveness, pays dividends in the Tenth Sonata”

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