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Quatre préludes, Op 37
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 B flat minor: Mesto
Track 25 on CDH55451 [2'03] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 2 in F sharp major: Maestoso, fiero
Track 26 on CDH55451 [1'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 3 in B major: Andante
Track 27 on CDH55451 [2'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 4 in G minor: Irato impetuoso
Track 28 on CDH55451 [1'05] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release

Quatre préludes, Op 37
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Op 37 opens with troubled soliloquy, but No 2 with its massive chordal writing is Scriabin at his most self-assured. Here, in the sixth bar, as Gottfried Eberle has pointed out, the ‘Mystic Chord’ is heard for the first time – that sonority which is unveiled fully in the Fifth Sonata – although it appears here conventionally spaced in thirds. No 3, a peaceful interlude, gives a respite before the wrathful gestures of No 4. The leaping octaves and tumultuous arpeggios here point directly to the late style.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2001

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