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Sept préludes, Op 17
composer
1895/6

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Sept préludes, Op 17
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Op 17 is far less often performed as a set, but contains some of Scriabin’s loveliest pages. No 1 is a melancholy waltz whose ‘flying’ right-hand line, supported by restless left-hand cross-rhythms, reaches passionate heights. It is the left hand (as so often) of No 2 which provides the motive power, with octave figures across the beat; above floats a magisterial line particularly reminiscent of Chopin. No 3 is in Scriabin’s weightless, filigree manner, and No 4 spins a melodic line over an evenly moving bass similarly to Op 11 No 13, which is in a related key. The scenery of Heidelberg evokes an heroic response in No 5: widespread broken chords in the right hand complement a left hand whose opening gesture anticipates Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2 of 1913. The ‘doloroso’ marking of No 6 is expressed by ceaseless suspensions, but there is an underlying serenity. These sets often close with a lightweight number, but No 7 is an exception with its long, mobile lines and virtuosic left hand.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2001

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67057/8 disc 2 track 1
No 1 in D minor: Allegretto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-05801
Duration
1'28
Recording date
16 June 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Scriabin: The Complete Préludes (CDA67057/8)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: February 2001
    Deletion date: December 2009
    2CDs Superseded by CDH55450
  2. Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 2 (CDH55451)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: 5 January 2015
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
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