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Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (c1875) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Track(s) taken from CDA67050
Recording details: January 1998
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Rhodes
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

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Poème tragique, Op 34
composer
1903; Festivamente, fastoso

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Op 34 Poème tragique of 1903 strikes a heroic pose; the middle section presents an ‘angry, proud’ theme, introducing an element of foreboding. As Rubtsova points out in her Scriabin biography, the downward thematic contour of this section anticipates the ‘theme of protest’ in Le poème de l’extase, which is itself marked tragico.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2015

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