Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

This page lists all recordings of Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10, by Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (1872-1915) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas & Fantasy

Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas & Fantasy


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28


The progression of Scriabin’s work as embodied in his ten piano sonatas chronicle the development and unfolding of a unique voice which to this day sings unlike any other in musical history. Garrick Ohlsson offers titanic readings of these ever-fascinating works. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Garrick Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, and this "Complete Scriabin Sonatas" joins his "Complete Beethoven Sonatas" and "Complete Scriabin Etudes" on the Bridge Records label.

“Ohlsson delivers the single best performance with his account of Sonata No. 9, Black Mass. Here he appears genuinely engaged with Scriabin’s febrile world…Consistent qualities throughout Ohlsson’s set include his infallibly precise delineation of line and texture, any sense of rambling avoided by his clear articulation of each sonata’s structure…” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ***

“He [Scriabin] is exploring, discovering, altering, and would soon break through musical boundaries (parallel to, but different from, Schoenberg) and invoking the occult, becoming a high-priest of mysticism…it’s the sonatas from the Mephisto-like No 5 onward, all single-movement affairs, which especially fascinate: volatile, perfumed, enchanted, satanic…Garrick Ohlsson is technically and musically fluent…his sympathy and clarity are notable.” Classical Ear, 13th April 2017 ****

“To all this Ohlsson is a reliable guide. He has power and a commendable grasp of structure, so that Sonata No. 7, for example, comes out as a more Beethovenian work than usual. He can also be graceful and delicate: the three part passages in Sonata No. 4 and elsewhere come out with the right kind of glitter and sparkle.” MusicWeb International, May 2017

Bridge - BRIDGE9468A/B

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Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Vers la flamme, Op. 72


This month’s SOMM release will no doubt be a special treat for the many fans of Peter Donohoe’s recordings: a two-CD slimline set of Scriabin’s Ten Piano Sonatas, ending with Vers la Flamme Op. 72, one of his last pieces for piano, written in 1914.

Russia produced three renowned composer-pianists at the end of the nineteenth century: Medtner, Rachmaninov, and his fellow student at the Moscow Conservatoire, Alexander Scriabin, a unique figure in Russian music as he seemed to follow a musical path all his own, completely different to that of either of his contemporaries. He created an original, exotic soundworld which progressed from Chopinesque romanticism in the First Sonata to a world of fantasy, inhabited by uncompromising, audacious dissonances in the later Sonatas which make overwhelming demands on any performer who dares to tackle them.

In his third Sonata Scriabin provided descriptions of the four movements under the heading ‘States of the Soul’. In the Fourth he experimented with Wagner’s Tristan harmonies. By the Sixth Sonata Scriabin’s harmonic tonality had completely broken down and dissipated – “frightening…dark and mysterious, impure, dangerous” as he himself wrote. The Seventh Sonata (White Mass) instructs the performer to play ‘with a heavenly voluptuousness’, ‘with a dark majesty’… Through the music he wanted to express an ecstatic disorder creating a trance-like effect on performer and audience. The Ninth (Black Mass) represents the Satanic but the Tenth has an opening marked ‘very sweetly and pure’. He said of this, ‘My Tenth Sonata is a sonata of insects. Insects are born from the sun, they are the kisses of the sun.’

“[Peter Donohoe] finds a nobility in the First Sonata’s closing ‘Funebre’, bringing a curious reflective quality to its ‘Quasi niente’ central section.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ***

“This rich, varied and often illuminating survey of the 10 piano sonatas…bears all the marks of the evangelicalism of the newly converted…all of the pieces benefit from an intelligent interrogation that encompasses the conventional and the idiosyncratic with an eloquence that binds both seamlessly together. Demanding but rewarding.” Classical Ear, December 2016 ****

“It is a tribute to Donohoe's authority and experience that his Scriabin interpretations hold their own and have something to say in a crowded and competitive catalogue” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“There are fine sets available of the ten piano sonatas of Alexander Scriabin , but none better than this. This is a most distinguished issue” Musical Opinion, January 2017 *****

“The single-movement No 5, with its magnesium flare of a beginning, is even the high point, for the remarkable yearning ecstasies of the later run, all too readily turning into trills, remain in productive tension with a firm architecture.” Sunday Times, 8th January 2017

“Donohoe is a masterly guide, his playing both unearthly and earthy. With his visionary notions of creation and the cosmos, Scriabin can feel like too much of a good thing. Donohoe reins him in just enough, and makes a powerful case.” The Guardian, 4th December 2016 ****

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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


Varduhi Yeritsyan (piano)

A fellow student of Rachmaninov’s at the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied under Arensky and Taneyev, Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) occupies a unique sphere in Russian music. Rejecting the vocal and folkloristic music that occupied most of his contemporaries, he wrote exclusively for piano and for orchestra. His musical language constantly evolved over the length of his life, passing from the early influence of Chopin and Liszt, through a Wagnerian period, before reaching an atonal style that gazes far into the future of the 20th century’s sound world. Known for her interpretations of Scriabin's music, which she plays often in recital, Franco-Armenian pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan studied with both Brigitte Engerer and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. She made her UK debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in February 2014 at the Barbican where she premiered a new concerto for two pianos, by Bruno Mantovani, written for her and François-Frédéric Guy.

“[Yeritsyan is] utterly fearless in the most extreme late Scriabin and also gets the other side of the composer, not just the fast and furious … I liked a lot about Yeritsyan’s Scriabin.” CD Review, 14th November 2015

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Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas

Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28

Sonata No. 1, Op. 6: Marche Funebre

Heinrich Neuhaus (piano)


Vladimir Sofronitzky (piano)

“Recorded on Scriabin's own Bechstein by the man who married the composer's daughter Elena, with the gaps filled in by Soviet pianism's ruling deities, this is quintessentially authentic.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

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Scriabin: The Piano Sonatas

Scriabin: The Piano Sonatas


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


Acousence - ACO12214

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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


New recordings of the complete Scriabin piano sonatas 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. A fascinating journey, from the romantic, Chopin-inspired Sonatas 1-4, towards the later sonatas, written in the unique “Scriabinesque” atonal language, inspired by his theosophical ideas, and megalomaniac metaphysics. Dmitri Alexeev is one of today’s foremost pianists, having played with the most important orchestras and conductors of the world.

His substantial discography on EMI Classics was awarded with numerous international awards. New recording, extensive new liner notes written by a Russian Scriabin scholar. Alexander Scriabin, unhinged musical poet, theosophist who saw his calling as no less than forging a unity of Man and God through music, can best be appreciated not perhaps through the lush orchestral music but his still more innovative piano music. The ten Sonatas span his career, from the Silver age outpourings of the four-movement First Sonata to the ever more elliptical, sudden shifts in mood and material which flit through the unique forms of the last four in the cycle, not least the Seventh (‘White Mass’) and Ninth (‘Black Mass’). Diabolically talented pianism indeed is required to keep up with Scriabin’s flurries of notes, flying across the page like Siberian snowstorms, and then to see through them to the shape-shifting melodies cloaked in ‘mystic harmonies’. Step forward, then, Dmitri Alexeev, who first came to attention 30 years ago with fast and furious recorded accounts of concertos by Shostakovich and Prokofiev: recordings of sensational facility that have stood the test of time. Alexeev’s rigorous Russian education began at the Moscow Conservatoire with Dmitri Bashkirov, and he has retained a specially intimate relationship with the music of his homeland, while, curiously, never before having recorded one of the great cycles of Russian piano music. This, then, is a first, sure to be noticed and sought after by pianophiles worldwide.

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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


Boris Berman (piano)

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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


Igor Zhukov (piano)

The ten piano sonatas included in this release are milestones in the development and evolution of Scriabin’s piano works. The composer was himself a superb pianist. Here the works are performed by the Russian pianist Igor Zhukov, who includes the works of Scriabin in his concert repertoire.

“This remarkable, intense and compact corpus of music is superbly brought off by the Russian virtuoso in a recording from 1971.” Sunday Times, 13th February 2011 ****

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Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10


This recording of the complete Scriabin sonatas played by Anatol Ugorski has been long-awaited. Ugorski is one of the “grand old men” of the piano and here performs on Vladimir Horowitz’s grand piano.

“There is some outstanding piano-playing” The Guardian, 22nd July 2010 ***

Avi Music - AVI8553195

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Scriabin - Piano Music

Scriabin - Piano Music


Scriabin:

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

Preludes, Op. 48 (4)

Two Pieces, Op. 57

Albumblatt, Op. 58

Masque, Op. 63, No. 1

Etrangeté, Op. 63 No. 2

Preludes, Op. 67 (2)

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Preludes, Op. 74 (5)


John Ogdon (piano)

Warner Classics Gemini - 3653322

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