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Two Pieces for Left Hand, Op 9

'Scriabin: The Early Scriabin' (CDH55286)
Scriabin: The Early Scriabin
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'Scriabin: The Complete Preludes' (CDA67057/8)
Scriabin: The Complete Preludes
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No 1: Prelude in C sharp minor
Track 2 on CDA67057/8 CD1 [3'14] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 17 on CDH55286 [2'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Nocturne in D flat major
Track 18 on CDH55286 [4'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Two Pieces for Left Hand, Op 9
Considering Scriabin’s long-standing ‘love affair’ with Chopin’s music, it is surprising that he should have written so few nocturnes. Indeed, the Two Nocturnes Op 5, written in 1890, have only the faintest suggestion of reflective ‘night music’ and could as easily have been titled ‘impromptus’ or ‘poems’. Both pieces display an increased sensuousness and rhythmic freedom together with a more confident and daring use of harmony. Scriabin would write only one other nocturne, the second of his Two Pieces for Left Hand Op 9 (his later Poème-nocturne Op 61 being far more ‘poème’ than ‘nocturne’). Both works for left hand were written as a consequence of a nearly disastrous injury to his right hand. Having always been the darling of his teachers and relatives, Scriabin found himself by 1891 with stiff competition. His fellow students at the Moscow Conservatory included Rachmaninov, Josef Hofmann and Josef Lhévinne and due to over-practice of Balakirev’s Islamey and Liszt’s Réminiscences de Don Juan, Scriabin temporarily lost the full use of his right hand. Both the Prelude and the Nocturne are lovely works, and despite his setback Scriabin still seems intent on proving his ability as a pianist by turning the Nocturne in particular into a technical tour de force.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2001

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Details for CDA67149 track 17
Prelude in C sharp minor
Recording date
9 April 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Scriabin: The Early Scriabin (CDA67149)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Superseded by CDH55286
  2. Scriabin: The Early Scriabin (CDH55286)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: May 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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