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Variations on a theme by Mlle Egorova

'Scriabin: The Early Scriabin' (CDH55286)
Scriabin: The Early Scriabin
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Variations on a theme by Mlle Egorova
The Variations on a theme by Mlle Egorova (1887) have a more conventionally Russian flavour than the Sonate-fantaisie. No one is quite sure who Mlle Egorova was; however, the theme certainly has charm, and the resulting variations could almost have come from the pen of Liadov except that, in contrast to Liadov’s painstaking and considered approach to composition, these variations give us the impression that they were finished in a rather hasty fashion. Scriabin’s first two variations imply that he is planning a more extended work. What we get, however, are merely three variations (though very fine ones) followed by a brief reminder of the theme itself and a coda. This feeling of premature completion is supported by the absence of dynamic markings (except for an opening piano and a fortissimo near the end) and missing octave indications in the manuscript. There is also the tantalizing survival of a second manuscript containing only the theme and one variation, which might have suggested a planned revision.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2001

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67149 track 7
Recording date
9 April 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Scriabin: The Early Scriabin (CDA67149)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Superseded by CDH55286
  2. Scriabin: The Early Scriabin (CDH55286)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: May 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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