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Quatre préludes, Op 33
composer
1903

Recordings
'Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 2' (CDH55451)
Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 2
CDH55451  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release  
Details
No 1 in E major: Crotchet = 96
Track 18 on CDH55451 [1'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 2 in F sharp major: Vagamente
Track 19 on CDH55451 [1'27] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 3 in C major: Crotchet = 88
Track 20 on CDH55451 [0'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 4 in A flat major: Ardito, bellicoso
Track 21 on CDH55451 [1'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release

Quatre préludes, Op 33
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Op 33 starts with a limpid E major and a dreamy F sharp major (a key central to Scriabin’s consciousness), but the mood is shattered by an alarming outburst of anger in No 3 (‘con collera’), and Scriabin’s burgeoning ego shows itself further in the ‘daring, warlike’ No 4. Scriabin did not live long enough to reassess the idealistic illusions besetting that era; musically, the prelude’s impetus is increased by its 5/4 time signature, a feature shared with Op 11 Nos 14 and 16.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2001

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