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Track(s) taken from CDA67131/2
Recording details: June 1995
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 25 seconds

'He commands the four qualities that a Scriabin interpreter must have: a feverish intensity, a manic vision, a sovereign and fastidious command of the pedal, and a huge dynamic range' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin rises to the challenges of this music with complete mastery. But his is more than a purely technical triumph (though the effortless of his playing has to be heard to be believed)' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is one of the most significant Scriabin recordings of recent years, as well as another triumph for Hamelin, who reveals as much affinity for this Russian mystic as he has for Alkan, Godowsky, Ives, and Bolcom on earlier discs … Two more favorable elements must be noted: Hyperion's spacious and vivid recorded sound, and a really superb set of booklet notes by Simon Nicholls' (American Record Guide)

'Hamelin's playing enthralls the ear with its rounded, never-ugly tone, flickering fingerwork, and thunderous power. A sensational issue in every sense' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamelin's playing has superb authority and presence, and when required the greatest delicacy too. His amazing technical skill is completely at the service of the music. This is a major release' (Classic CD)

'Hamelin's revelatory cycle of the Scriabin sonatas takes top honors rather easily … a vein that's rarely been mined—and never with such virtuoso perfection. The more you think you know about these scores, the more striking you're liable to find this set' (Fanfare, USA)

'Marc-André Hamelin is the most important interpreter of Scriabin's music to have come along in decades' (Clavier)

'Il a les doigts et la sensibilité, la clairvoyance aussi, qui lui permettent de trouver un lyrisme généreux' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

Sonate-fantaisie in G sharp minor, Op posth.
composer
1886

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Stephen Coombs (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonate-Fantaisie in G sharp minor (1886), is a work which Scriabin never published. He wrote it at the age of fourteen and dedicated it to Natalya Sekerina, the sweetheart of his adolescence. The Sonata shows an astonishingly sure hand in the natural progression of one idea from another. A portentous introduction leads to a gentle, idyllic first movement highly reminiscent of Chopin in its flow of florid melody. This was the time in Scriabin’s life when he fell in love with Chopin’s music and would go to sleep with a volume of Chopin under his pillow. The opening Andante gives way to a rather more agitated sonata movement. The cadence theme, especially in its return where it is accompanied by simple chords rather than flowing accompaniment figures, has a touch of the mazurka about it—Scriabin wrote twenty-one mazurkas and three impromptus à la mazur between 1887 and 1903. The development section, with its broken tenths in the left hand and the polyphony in the treble, is most original and characteristic in its sonorities. The end artfully and subtly introduces a reminiscence, not of the opening bars, but of an ensuing idea from the introduction. Its chromaticism is also highly characteristic, and it is not surprising that it was this idea that the young composer chose to bring back.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 1996


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'Scriabin: The Early Scriabin' (CDH55286)
Scriabin: The Early Scriabin
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