«Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas»
|Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin||
Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28,
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 6: IV. Funebre,
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6,
Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70,
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy',
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23,
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30,
Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53,
Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 62,
Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 'White Mass' (Messe Blanche),
Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 66,
Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass' (Messe Noire).
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Vladimir Sofronitzky (Piano), Heinrich Neuhaus (Piano).
Vladimir Sofronitzki’s performances of Alexander Scriabin are praised for their idiomatic rubato, together with a flair for musical architecture and rhythmic precision. In his desire for fidelity to the original, Sofronitzki’s highly sensitive use of pedal reflects his striving to abide by the composer’s expressive markings as closely as possible. This 2CD set of mid-20th c. readings of the Scriabin piano sonatas by this famed Soviet pianist is made complete by two inserted recordings of fellow Russian keyboard titans, Heinrich Neuhaus (Sonata No.1) and Sviatoslav Richter (Sonata No.7).