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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
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.”
“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.”
“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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