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Quatre morceaux, Op 51
composer
1906

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 2 in A minor: Prélude: Lugubre
Track 39 on CDH55451 [2'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release

Quatre morceaux, Op 51
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The Quatre morceaux of Op 51 all come from 1906. The exquisite sound of No 1, Fragilité, is produced by means of a favourite texture of Scriabin: there are two elements in the left hand, melody and accompaniment, and a third, chordal element above in the right. The fluttering, aspiring winged figures of the Poème ailé, No 3, are close to Schumann’s Vogel als Prophet (from Waldszenen). Schumann may have derived the notion of a ‘prophetic bird’ from seeing the ancient motif of sirin i alkonost, human-faced birds of Slavic mythology, on his trip to Russia in 1844. Schumann’s miniature was often performed by Anton Rubinstein. In the Danse languide, No 4, hovering uneasily between harmonies, we are in the emotional area evoked by Scriabin in his notebook of 1904–5: ‘The sweetness of a dream which lends wings to the spirit, the desire to create, languor, the thirst for something unknown.’

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2015

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67057/8 disc 2 track 39
No 2 in A minor: Prélude: Lugubre
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-05839
Duration
2'39
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 39
    Release date: February 2001
    Deletion date: December 2009
    2CDs Superseded by CDH55450
  2. Scriabin: The Complete Préludes, Vol. 2 (CDH55451)
    Disc 1 Track 39
    Release date: 5 January 2015
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 5 January 2015 Release
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