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Scriabin: 'Complete Poemes'

Magazine article Gramophone

Scriabin: 'Complete Poemes'

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Scriabin

'Complete Poemes' Deux poemes, Op 32. Poeme tragique, Op 34. Poeme satanique, Op 36. Poeme, Op 41. Deux poemes, Op 44. Feuillet d'album, Op 45 No 1. Poeme fantasque, Op 45 No 2. Scherzo, Op 46. Quasi valse, Op 47. Reverie, Op 49 No 3. Fragilite, Op 51 No 1. Poeme aile, Op 51 No 3. Danse languide. Op 51 No 4. Trois morceaux. Op 52. Ironies, Op 56 No 2. Nuances, Op 56 No 3. Deux morceaux, Op 57. Feuillet d'album, Op 58. Poeme, Op 59 No 1. Poeme-nocturne, Op 61. Deux poemes, Op 63. Deux poemes, Op 69. Deux poemes, Op 71. Vers la flamme, Op 72. Deux danses, Op 73

Garrick Ohlsson pf

Hyperion [F] CDA67988 (80' * DDD)

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Initially idolised by a small coterie, Scriabin was also vilified by those who placed reason above passion, clarity above obscurity. Today he enjoys a near classic status and Garrick Ohlsson's disc of the complete Poemes provides ample food for thought. Having notched up a huge array of recordings combined with an intensive concert career, his playing now reflects rich experience and musical quality. True, those accustomed to Horowitz's incandescent response to Scriabin's neurosis may feel themselves short-changed by Ohlsson's restraining hand, by a more settled view of an unsettled genius. …

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