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Scriabin: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 / Valery Gergiev, London SO

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin poème"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Valery Gergiev's swansong recording with the LSO, these live performances from London's Barbican Center combining the ethereal mysticism of Scriabin's Symphony No 3 'The Divine Poem' and Symphony No 4 'The Poem of Ecstasy' were arguably one of the most significant of all Valery Gergiev's projects with the London Symphony Orchestra and released during his final tenure as LSO Principal Conductor.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2016
Gergiev has clearly taken a fresh look at the Third Symphony's score, driving to the first movement's first climax without the usual (unmarked) dramatic pause; the pay-off comes with an all the more shocking and powerful second climax.

Diapason
Sorcerer of sound, [Gergiev] succeeds in captivating colour blends, beautiful details, and reaches a rare sensuality... the seductive power in his gesture keeps us in suspense from one end to the other of Symphony No. 3.

Gramophone Magazine
There's no lack of character... The second movement's reprise of the Jewish-inflected dance from the Second Piano Trio rages full-bloodedly... the recollection of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (broadly placed and beautifully played by Tim Hugh) emerges as the heart of the piece... [Simovic] secures characterful and energetic results.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (03/30/2014); Barbican, London (04/13/2014).



Reviews

"Eternal Creation"
In assessing the music of Scriabin, it is important to differentiate between the individual and his legacy. Scriabin the man was something of an eccentric narcissist who flirted with any number of arcane philosophies and bizarre mystical notions. He was a law unto himself, completely self-absorbed, someone you may readily avoid at a cocktail party. Scriabin the composer was a visionary iconoclast. He stretched the limits of chromaticism, redefined the scope of tonality while creating unique colors and textures, most particularly in his mature orchestral compositions. His music was unlike anything produced by his contemporaries. There is a spiritual underpinning, a pantheistic imperative stoked by a white hot passion which informs his most original work. For some this amounts to pretentious hokum. For those who possess an adventurous spirit, there is a strange, intoxicating pull difficult to resist. Some years back Gergiev successfully recorded both of these symphonies with the Kirov Orchestra. This time he has partnered up with one of the world’s truly great ensembles, producing readings that are among the best available in terms of precision, fervor and sensitivity to the music’s constantly evolving moods. And, of course, there is the recording. Producer James Mallinson (a veteran Decca man) and his colleagues extract some of the most realistic, natural sound one will encounter outside of the concert experience. This is especially true of the stunning Super Audio version.
Submitted on 02/12/16 by Allen Cohen 
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>Scriabin, Alexander : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin poème"
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 44 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1902-1904
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905-1908
  • Studio/Live: Live