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The Early Scriabin / Stephen Coombs

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, WoO 19
>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for Piano no 1 in F minor Op. 1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for piano in G sharp minor, WoO 7
>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for piano in D flat major, WoO 8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Variations on a theme by Mlle Yegorova (Egoroff), for piano in F minor, WoO 9
>Scriabin, Alexander : Nocturne for piano in A flat major, WoO 3
>Scriabin, Alexander : Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 5
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata-fantasie for piano in G sharp minor, WoO 6
>Scriabin, Alexander : Fugue for piano
>Scriabin, Alexander : Canon for piano in D minor, WoO 1
>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in B minor, WoO 15
>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in F major, WoO 16
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano (for left hand alone), Op. 9
>Scriabin, Alexander : Allegro appassionato for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
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Notes & Reviews:

"This 2007 Helios reissue of Stephen Coombs' 2001 collection of Alexander Scriabin's earliest piano works is a remarkably diverting album, and it offers insights into the composer's youthful development that may challenge some preconceptions. Scriabin's music from the years 1883 to 1894 was heavily influenced by the keyboard works of Fryderyk Chopin, and most of his waltzes, nocturnes, and other character pieces may seem at first blush to be derivative and conventional, with few recognizable characteristics to suggest his mature course. But Scriabin's fluid rhythms and enigmatic moods show up quite early, even in such exercises as the unexpectedly dreamy Canon in D minor and the fragile Nocturne in A flat major; occasional flashes of his ambiguous chromaticism and abrupt modulations can be discerned in the harmonically daring Sonata in E flat minor, a sophisticated piece of juvenilia that already points the way toward the 10 numbered sonatas. Through all these student pieces, whether slight or substantial, Coombs presents the music with eloquence and grace, and takes it seriously; even when their sentimentality and naïveté make them seem inconsequential, these miniatures receive as fine a presentation as any of the late masterworks would deserve. Hyperion's reproduction is marvelous in its clarity, depth, and warm resonance." -All Music

'A programme of fascinating rarities played with a touching sensitivity and affection This record is a most impressive achievement, as beautiful in sound as it is endlessly thought-provoking' (Gramophone)

'This is remarkably attractive music. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'A programme of fascinating rarities played with a touching sensitivity and affection ... This record is a most impressive achievement, as beautiful in sound as it is endlessly thought-provoking' (Gramophone)

'This is remarkably attractive music. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, WoO 19
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1889

>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for Piano no 1 in F minor Op. 1
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1885

>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for piano in G sharp minor, WoO 7
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1886

>Scriabin, Alexander : Waltz for piano in D flat major, WoO 8
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1886

>Scriabin, Alexander : Variations on a theme by Mlle Yegorova (Egoroff), for piano in F minor, WoO 9
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Scriabin, Alexander : Nocturne for piano in A flat major, WoO 3
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881-1882

>Scriabin, Alexander : Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 5
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1890

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata-fantasie for piano in G sharp minor, WoO 6
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Scriabin, Alexander : Fugue for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1886

>Scriabin, Alexander : Canon for piano in D minor, WoO 1
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in B minor, WoO 15
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1889

>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in F major, WoO 16
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1889

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano (for left hand alone), Op. 9
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Allegro appassionato for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/07/2000-04/09/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892