Scriabin: The Travel Préludes Opp 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 / Javier Negrin, piano

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 15
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 16
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (7) for piano, Op. 17
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Javier Negrín made his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in London in 2004 performing works by Ravel and Jindrich Feld, and since then has enjoyed a very distinguished career, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in important venues in Europe, South America and the Far East.

Since a very early age he has been involved in playing the big romantic repertoire for piano and orchestra, including performances of concertos by Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, working with conductors such as Lawrence Leighton Smith, Adrian Leaper, José Luis Novo, Alejandro Posada, Neil Thomson, Claus Efland, Yaron Traub, John Neschling and Roberto Montenegro.

Javier has been hailed by the critics as a very intuitive interpreter who also possesses very strong intellectual prowess. He is passionate about literature and arts and his interests in music range from the baroque to the 21st century, with a special affinity for the music of Bach and Chopin. He serves in the faculty of Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid, where he lives at present.

Javier was born in the Canary Islands, (Spain) in 1977.

La Province
As if Scriabin had written for Javier Negrín! Demanding a virtuosic technique, but at the same time imbued with an intense musicality, [the Preludes] were in the hands of Negrín a stunning 'string of pearls', magnificent in shape and expressivity... It is very unusual to feature them in a single program and even more so to capture the attention of the listener so intensely. Alexander Scriabin's lyricism, drama, capricious fantasy, his unusual concretions of sound, his visionary force and the autonomy of his finger technique were admirably presented by the performer with extraordinary craftsmanship. Javier Negrín builds up in all these pages a transparent tale of the composer's personality, alternating between acute sensitivity and introspection. Dominating the harmonic inventiveness and its sequential coherence, perfectly kneading each note in the score, expanding or dwindling the sound according to character, superbly articulating the phrasing and with the pedaling technique of an accomplished master, the concert was a feast of atmospheres and color, sensitivity and instinct, wisdom of speech and controlled abandon to the pleasure of performing.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Negrin, a prize-winning Spanish pianist living and teaching in Madrid, plays them very well indeed, with a variety of tonal color and a consistently singing tone. The recording emulates a concert sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012).



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>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Javier Negrin (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Javier Negrin (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Javier Negrin (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Javier Negrin (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (7) for piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Javier Negrin (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro Leal, La Laguna, Spain (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1896