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Scriabin: Etudes; Preludes; Sonata No. 10; Vers la Flamme / Olli Mustonen, piano

> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 1 in C sharp major: Allegro
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 2 in F sharp minor: A capriccio, con forza
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 3 in B minor: Tempestoso
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 4 in B major: Piacevole
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 5 in E major: Brioso
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 6 in A major: Con grazia
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 7 in B flat minor: Presto tenebroso, agitato
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 8 in A flat major: Lento
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 9 in G sharp minor: Alla ballata
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 10 in D flat major: Allegro
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 11 in B flat minor: Andante cantabile
> 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (1894) - No. 12 in D sharp minor: Patetico
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 1 in C major: Maestoso
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 2 in A minor: Allegro
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 3 in G major: Andante
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 4 in E minor: Allegro
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 5 in D major: Allegro
> 6 Preludes, Op. 13 - No. 6 in B minor: Presto
> 5 Preludes, Op. 16 - No. 1 in B major: Andante
> 5 Preludes, Op. 16 - No. 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro
> 5 Preludes, Op. 16 - No. 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile
> 5 Preludes, Op. 16 - No. 4 in E flat minor: Lento
> 5 Preludes, Op. 16 - No. 5 in F sharp minor: Allegretto
> Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, Op. 70 - Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, Op. 70
> Vers la flamme, Op. 72 - Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 16
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
>Scriabin, Alexander : Vers la flamme, Op. 72
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD features the acclaimed Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen with piano works by Alexander Scriabin, which have become his signature pieces in concert. Olli Mustonen has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, "a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists."

The Guardian
[Scriabin] is a composer you might expect would bring the best out of Mustonen, that he would respond well to the obsessiveness that characterises late Scriabin especially...Mustonen can't quite conjure the sheer hallucinatory weirdness that puts Vladimir Horowitz's recordings of these works in a class of their own, but he has a very good try.

BBC Music Magazine
Mustonen emphasises the music's stylistic antecedents, rather than looking forward to the expressive ambivalence of Scriabin's later music...Whatever the technical demands involved, Mustonon always lets each miniature breath. His concentration on Scriabin's internal logic, rather than poetic suggestiveness, pays dividends in the Tenth Sonata.

Gramophone Magazine
An extraordinary pianist for extraordinary music. This is Scriabin as you have never heard him before, played by one of music's most formidable and compulsive free spirits...The music is made to leap flame-like and uncontained from the page and you could cut yourself on Mustonen's glittering sonority...Mustonen's beady and dazzling pianism in truly hypnotic...Few pianists have a more potent sense of the demoniac in music.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Many of my favorite Scriabin pieces are here, plus a couple sets of Preludes that I don't know as well. Much of these I first learned through the recordings of Horowitz and Sofronitsky, and they have to remain supreme in this repertoire. Nevertheless, a superbly recorded, well-balanced recital like this is always a welcome addition to my library.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (5) for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Vers la flamme, Op. 72
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914