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Scriabin: Complete Piano Preludes

Magazine article Gramophone

Scriabin: Complete Piano Preludes

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Complete Piano Preludes

Anthony Hewitt pf

Champs Hill (M) (2) CHRCD072 (135' * DDD)


From the first prelude in B major to the last one in no designated key, the 90 miniatures on this fine two-disc set from Anthony Hewitt trace the extraordinary path of Scriabin's creative development from 1889 (when he was in his teens) up to 1914, the year before his death. Much of the material here is rarely explored, attention generally tending to focus on the 24 Preludes Op 11, composed at various times and in different places chiefly during the years 1894-96, with one of them, the C major No 1, dating to 1893 and another, the B minor No 6, to 1889 while Scriabin was in Kiev. Only on publication were they arranged in sequence, the major key preludes separated by a fifth (C major, G major, D major and so on) with each one followed by a prelude in the relative minor (A minor, E minor, B minor). This follows the same pattern as that of the 24 Preludes, Op 28, by Chopin, a composer with whom Scriabin's preludes are frequently compared and to whom Scriabin occasionally nods, most notably in his homage to Chopin's 'Funeral March' Sonata in the B flat minor Prelude No 16. …

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