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Quatre préludes, Op 39
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 F sharp major: Allegro
Track 29 on CDH55451 [0'55] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 2 in D major: Elevato
Track 30 on CDH55451 [1'33] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 3 in G major: Languido
Track 31 on CDH55451 [1'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
No 4 in A flat major: Crotchet = 63-66
Track 32 on CDH55451 [1'10] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release

Quatre préludes, 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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