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Vladimir Horowitz Plays Scriabin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3, 5, 9 & 10; 18 Preludes; Etudes; 3 Poemes et al. (Remastered RCA & Columbia studio recordings; live recordings, 1953 & 1965)

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in E major, Op. 11/9
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in G major, Op. 11/3
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in E flat minor, Op. 11/14
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 15/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in G minor, Op. 27/1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in A minor, Op. 51/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in D flat major, Op. 48/3
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano ("Andante"), Op. 67/1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano, Op. 59/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 8/8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Vers la flamme, poème for piano, Op. 72
>Scriabin, Alexander : Feuillet d'album, Op. 58
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 65
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
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Notes & Reviews:

According to the astute Russian musical and cultural historian, Solomon Volkov, Alexander Scriabin's death in April 1915 precipitated a mass-fixation which has no precedent or equivalent. This Scriabin intoxication extended far beyond the musical sphere and permeated every sector of Russian cultural life - even Tchaikovsky never registered such a broad impact. It was in this charged climate that Vladimir Horowitz, born in 1903, was raised. Horowitz's family had longstanding ties to the musical elite in Kiev, and it was through these connections that Horowitz was introduced to Scriabin's music and to the composer himself. Horowitz came to his mastery of Scriabin through a confluence of circumstances. In 1965 he explained that, by the time he retired in 1953, he had grown tired of "modern" music and sought to return to the "romantic" and "classical" composers, like Scriabin, that he had known during his childhood.

The performances on Horowitz Plays Scriabin, a newly remastered 3-CD set, document a trajectory from 1950 to 1976, both with regard to the Scriabin repertoire Horowitz selected and to his powers of interpretation. Horowitz's admonition that "I will grow until I die!" is most tangibly confirmed by the stark difference in his two live recorded performances of Scriabin's Ninth Sonata, often known as the "Black Mass," from 1953 and 1965. Horowitz heavily favored the latter.



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>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in E major, Op. 11/9
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in G major, Op. 11/3
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in E flat minor, Op. 11/14
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 15/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in B minor, Op. 13/6
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for Piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in G minor, Op. 27/1
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in A minor, Op. 51/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano in D flat major, Op. 48/3
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano ("Andante"), Op. 67/1
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano, Op. 59/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1962-11-06&1962-11-13&1962-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1962-11-06&1962-11-13&1962-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1962-11-06&1962-11-13&1962-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 8/8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1972-04-27&1972-05-04&1972-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1972-04-27&1972-05-04&1972-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/1
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano, Op. 69/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Vers la flamme, poème for piano, Op. 72
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (05/04/1972/05/31/1972)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Scriabin, Alexander : Feuillet d'album, Op. 58
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/31/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 65
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/27/1972/05/04/1972)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Poème for piano in F sharp major, Op. 32/1
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Ambassador Auditorium, Ambassador College, Pasadena, CA (02/28/1976-02/29/1976)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
  • Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live