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Alexander Scriabin: Piano Works / Alexander Melnikov, piano

Notes & Reviews:

On his first recording for harmonia mundi, pianist Alexander Melnikov chose to focus on one of the great enigmatic characters of music, Alexander Scriabin. The composer stood apart from all musical movements, yet has been claimed as an influence by so many. Quite apart from questions of style, the sheer difficulty of performing his music has added to the Scriabin mystery. First released in 2006, this title is now available again at mid-price.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
There is no better guide to Russia's most mysterious composer than this pianist...These Sonatas and exquisite trifles are played with poise and grace.

MusicWeb International, 25th February 2014
Melnikov is [a] poised, unruffled, almost withdrawn performer. His playing is soft, ethereal; his pauses can be as intense as the loudest chords. Hearing Melnikov's Messe noire is a little bit like standing next to a bomb you know will explode, but the clock keeps ticking and the bomb keeps not exploding.



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