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Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'ame"), Op. 23
>Scriabin, Alexander : Fantasy for Piano in B minor, Op. 28
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 7 in F sharp major, Op. 64 "White Mass"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 8, Op. 66
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
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Notes & Reviews:

"...certainly the freshest, most imaginative, and most cultivated complete cycle ever recorded...a most auspicious release by a pianist with increasing claim to be considered among the three or four greatest pianists currently before the public...Highest Possible Recommendation." -Fanfare

'Hamelin's playing has superb authority and presence, and when required the greatest delicacy too. His amazing technical skill is completely at the service of the music. This is a major release' (Classic CD)

'Hamelin's playing enthralls the ear with its rounded, never-ugly tone, flickering fingerwork, and thunderous power. A sensational issue in every sense' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamelin rises to the challenges of this music with complete mastery. But his is more than a purely technical triumph (though the effortless of his playing has to be heard to be believed)' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Il a les doigts et la sensibilité, la clairvoyance aussi, qui lui permettent de trouver un lyrisme généreux' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

'He commands the four qualities that a Scriabin interpreter must have: a feverish intensity, a manic vision, a sovereign and fastidious command of the pedal, and a huge dynamic range' (Gramophone)

'This is one of the most significant Scriabin recordings of recent years, as well as another triumph for Hamelin, who reveals as much affinity for this Russian mystic as he has for Alkan, Godowsky, Ives, and Bolcom on earlier discs ... Two more favorable elements must be noted: Hyperion's spacious and vivid recorded sound, and a really superb set of booklet notes by Simon Nicholls' (American Record Guide)

'Hamelin's revelatory cycle of the Scriabin sonatas takes top honors rather easily ... a vein that's rarely been mined - and never with such virtuoso perfection. The more you think you know about these scores, the more striking you're liable to find this set' (Fanfare, USA)

'Marc-André Hamelin is the most important interpreter of Scriabin's music to have come along in decades' (Clavier, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Scriabin was an ambitious composer. A romantic alchemist, he saw his music as a transmuting agent. Through its influence pain would become happiness and hate become love, culminating in a phoenix-like rebirth of the universe.

With Shakespearian agility he would change the world's dross into 'something rich and strange'. Not surprisingly, given Scriabin's early prowess as a pianist, the 10 sonatas resonate with exoticism, ranging through the First Sonata's cries of despair, to the Second Sonata's Baltic Sea inspiration, the Third Sonata's 'states of being', the 'flight to a distant star' (No 4) and 'the emergence of mysterious forces' (No 5). Nos-7 and 9 are White and Black Mass Sonatas respectively, and the final sonatas blaze with trills symbolising an extra-terrestrial joy and incandescence.

Such music makes ferocious demands on the pianist's physical stamina and imaginative resource. However, Marc-André Hamelin takes everything in his stride. Blessed with rapier reflexes he nonchalantly resolves even the most outlandish difficulties. He launches the First Sonata's opening outcry like some gleaming trajectory and, throughout, his whistle-stop virtuosity is seemingly infallible.

You might, however, miss a greater sense of the music's Slavonic intensity, its colour and character; a finer awareness, for example, of the delirious poetry at the heart of the Second Sonata's whirling finale. Hamelin's sonority is most elegantly and precisely gauged but time and again his fluency (admittedly breathtaking) erases too much of the work's originality and regenerative force. However, he shows a greater sense of freedom in the Fifth Sonata, and in the opalescent fantasy of the later sonatas, he responds with more evocative skill to subjective terms, as well as to moments where Scriabin's brooding introspection is lit by sudden flashes of summer lightning. The recordings are a little tight and airless in the bass and middle register, but the set does includes a superb essay on Scriabin.



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>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 20 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 18 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Fantasy for Piano in B minor, Op. 28
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 7 in F sharp major, Op. 64 "White Mass"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 8, Op. 66
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 06/25/1995-06/29/1995
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1897