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Four Preludes, Op 39
composer
1903

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'Scriabin: The Complete Preludes' (CDA67057/8)
Scriabin: The Complete Preludes
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No 1 in F sharp major: Allegro
Track 29 on CDA67057/8 CD2 [0'51] 2CDs Archive Service
No 2 in D major: Elevato
Track 30 on CDA67057/8 CD2 [1'30] 2CDs Archive Service
No 3 in G major: Languido
Track 31 on CDA67057/8 CD2 [1'17] 2CDs Archive Service
No 4 in A flat major: Crotchet = 63-66
Track 32 on CDA67057/8 CD2 [1'00] 2CDs Archive Service

Four Preludes, Op 39
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The four preludes of Op 39 open with a strong harmonic flavour of the ‘Divine Poem’, but there is a suspicion here that Scriabin is applying his harmonic innovations to a familiar musical content. Not so with the startling twists, turns and mood shifts of No 2, truly improvisatory in manner. The mysterious languor of No 3 rests partly on Scriabin’s favourite three-against-five cross-rhythm. In No 4 the harmonic progression is enigmatic, elliptical, labyrinthine, like a sentence in very late Henry James.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2001

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