Scriabin: Complete Preludes (2CD)

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Artist:
Dmitri Alexeev

The Complete Preludes constitutes another captivating milestone in Dmitri Alexeev’s ongoing project to record Scriabin’s entire oeuvre for the piano on Brilliant Classics, a cycle that already includes the complete Piano Sonatas and Complete Études.

The 90 preludes composed by Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915) span the entirety of the three periods into which his musical career is usually divided. His fastidious habit of indicating the date and location of compositions allows us to trace groups of roughly contemporary pieces. Consequently, it can be seen that around half of the preludes fall into the ‘first period’ (1888–1900), in which the composer’s music was heavily influenced by Frédéric Chopin’s work.

Scriabin’s music evolved over the course of his life, and in 1900, he completed the 2 Preludes Op.27. These compositions exorcised the spirit of Chopin which had hovered over their predecessors, therefore marking the end of the so-called ‘first period’. Whilst more harmonically adventurous, his ‘middle period’ works still mostly adhere to traditional functional tonality.

In the third period (1910–14) Scriabin composed his final works, the Preludes Op.74. Stable tonality and key signature disappear completely. However, Scriabin’s interest in symmetrical patterning is highly evident. They raise the tantalising question of where Scriabin might have taken 20th-century music had he not tragically died the following year.

Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world’s most highly regarded artists. His critically acclaimed recitals on the world’s leading concert stages and concerto appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured his position as one of ‘the most remarkable pianists of the day’ (Daily Telegraph).

Recorded July 2017, London

Contains liner notes on the composer and works and the musician’s biography

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Tracklisting:

CD1

  1. 3 Morceaux Op.2: No.2 Prelude in B
  2. Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Op.9: No.1 Prelude in C sharp minor

24 Preludes Op.11

  1. No.1 in C Moscow, November 1893
  2. No.2 in A minor Moscow, November 1895
  3. No.3 in G Heidelberg, May 1895
  4. No.4 in E minor Lefortovo, Moscow, 1888
  5. No.5 in D Amsterdam, February 1896
  6. No.6 in B minor Kiev, 1889
  7. No.7 in A Moscow, 1895
  8. No.8 in F sharp minor Paris, February 1896
  9. No.9 in E Moscow, November 1895
  10. No.10 in C sharp minor Moscow, 1894
  11. No.11 in B Moscow, November 1895
  12. No.12 in G sharp minor Vitznau, June 1895
  13. No.13 in G flat Moscow, 1895
  14. No.14 in E flat minor Dresden, May 1895
  15. No.15 in D flat Moscow, 1895
  16. No.16 in B flat minor Moscow, November 1895
  17. No.17 in A flat Vitznau, June 1895
  18. No.18 in F minor Vitznau, June 1895
  19. No.19 in E flat Heidelberg, May/June 1895
  20. No.20 in C minor Moscow, 1895
  21. No.21 in B flat Moscow, 1895
  22. No.22 in G minor Paris, February 1896
  23. No.23 in F Vitznau, June 1895
  24. No.24 in D minor Heidelberg, May/June 1895

6 Preludes Op.13

  1. No.1 in C Moscow, 1895
  2. No.2 in A minor Moscow, 1895
  3. No.3 in G Moscow, 1895
  4. No.4 in E minor Moscow, 1895
  5. No.5 in D Moscow, 1895
  6. No.6 in B minor Moscow, 1895

5 Preludes Op.15

  1. No.1 in A Moscow, 1895
  2. No.2 in F sharp minor Moscow, 1895
  3. No.3 in E Moscow, 1895
  4. No.4 in E Paris, February 1896
  5. No.5 in C sharp minor Heidelberg, May/June 1895

5 Preludes Op.16

  1. No.1 in B Moscow, January 1894
  2. No.2 in G sharp minor Vitznau, June 1895
  3. No.3 in G flat Moscow, 1894
  4. No.4 in E flat minor St Petersburg, April 1895
  5. No.5 in F sharp Moscow, 1895

 

CD2

7 Preludes Op.17

  1. No.1 in D minor Paris, February 1896
  2. No.2 in E flat Paris, February 1896
  3. No.3 in D flat Paris, February 1896
  4. No.4 in B flat minor Moscow, November 1895
  5. No.5 in F minor Heidelberg, May/June 1895
  6. No.6 in B flat Heidelberg, May/June 1895
  7. No.7 in G minor St Petersburg, April 1895

4 Preludes Op.22

  1. No.1 in G sharp minor
  2. No.2 in C sharp minor
  3. No.3 in B
  4. No.4 in B minor

2 Preludes Op.27

  1. No.1 in G minor
  2. No.2 in B

4 Preludes Op.31

  1. No.1 in D flat/C
  2. No.2 in F sharp minor
  3. No.3 in E flat minor
  4. No.4 in C

4 Preludes Op.33

  1. No.1 in E
  2. No.2 in F sharp
  3. No.3 in C
  4. No.4 in A flat

3 Preludes Op.35

  1. No.1 in D flat
  2. No.2 in B flat
  3. No.3 in C

4 Preludes Op.37

  1. No.1 in B flat minor
  2. No.2 in F sharp
  3. No.3 in B
  4. No.4 in G minor

4 Preludes Op.39

  1. No.1 in F sharp
  2. No.2 in D
  3. No.3 in G
  4. No.4 in A flat
  5. 3 Morceaux Op.45: No.3 Prelude in E flat

4 Preludes Op.48

  1. No.1 in F sharp
  2. No.2 in C
  3. No.3 in D flat
  4. No.4 in C
  5. 3 Morceaux Op.49: No.2 Prelude in F
  6. 4 Morceaux Op.51: No.2 Prelude in A minor
  7. 4 Morceaux Op.56: No.1 Prelude in E flat
  8. 2 Morceaux Op.59: No.2 Prelude

Preludes Op.67

  1. No.1
  2. No.2

5 Preludes Op.74

  1. No.1 Douloureux, déchirant
  2. No.2 Très lent, contemplatif
  3. No.3 Allegro drammatico
  4. No.4 Lent, vague, indécis
  5. No.5 Fier, belliqueux