Scriabin: The Complete Préludes

Scriabin: The Complete Préludes

Piers Lane (piano)


Following his acclaimed recording of Scriabin's complete Études, Piers Lane now gives us the complete Préludes. The performances are bold and compelling, matching technical bravura with a rich vein of poetry and colour, communicating Scriabin's vivid and exceptional imagination. Beautifully recorded and superbly annotated by Simon Nicholls, this new double album set is a must for all lovers of Scriabin and the piano.

Scriabin was by natural inclination a miniaturist, and he composed short piano pieces throughout his life. His Préludes—fleeting evocations sometimes less than a page in length—foreshadow the Visions fugitives of Prokofiev and are descendants of the equally compact Préludes of Chopin.

Like a musical Fabergé, Scriabin is capable of creating a glittering world in a tiny space; the exquisite writing reflects the composer's own subtle pianism, which he liked to describe as 'crystalline' and 'perfumed'. The poetic diversity of these miniatures creates a fascinating programme, ranging from volcanic energy and disturbing violence to haunting stillness and atmospheric illusion.

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