Scriabin: Late Piano Works

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Scriabin: Late Piano Works

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28th Feb 2011


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Scriabin: Late Piano Works


Preludes, Op. 67 (2)

Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 'White Mass'

Three Etudes Op. 65 (1911/1912)

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Yuri Paterson-Olenich (piano)



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What is immediately striking about the late works is the tonal variance of mood between them. This duality is reflected in the selection of works on this disc, where there are sombre, more sinister works such as the Ninth Sonata, the light and airy Poèmes Op. 69, and the sublimely ethereal Tenth Sonata.—(Yuri Paterson-Olenich)

International Piano

September/October 2001

“The intensity with which Paterson-Olenich conveys Scriabin’s vision is, on several of the tracks, unrivalled in recent recordings. Several performances really stand out; I was impressed by the austerity and poise of the Prelude, op.67 No.1, the brilliance and range of colour employed in the Op.65 Studies and Vers la flamme, the dark intensity of the Ninth Sonata. This disc is a testament to Paterson-Olenich’s affinity with Scriabin’s late music.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2001

“Time and again he allows one to savour every aspect of Scriabin’s neurotic sensibility...playing with spaciousness and lucidity, never whirled into obscure agitation by the composer’s idiosyncratic directionsPaterson-Olenich has contributed his own lively and informed essay, and the recordings...are excellent. An exceptional, very personal issue.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2000

“Brighton-born, Moscow-trained Yuri Paterson-Olenich shows real understanding of Scriabin's visionary music, including one of the weirdest sonatas, the Seventh. What he lacks in sheer volume he makes up for in poetic dreaminess, though textures are always clear.”

The Independent

9th September 2000

“The first recording from this new label brings a powerfully expressive recital of Scriabin's most searching works, including the "White" and "Black" Masses, Piano Sonata No.10 and Vers la flamme. The young Brighton-born pianist tackles them all with astonishing assurance: a most auspicious début.”


“Paterson-Olenich shows a deep understanding of this music.”

Yorkshire Evening Post

“Paterson-Olenich, born in Brighton in 1974, is a Russian-trained pianist who makes light of Scriabin’s fiendishly difficult scores. He does not quite match those volcanic outbursts of the great Scriabin pianists, though he is superb in the delicate sonorities of the Poems.”

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