Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Alexander Scriabin

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1915 of composer Alexander Scriabin. There is a Scriabin Society of America and a Facebook page. ubuweb has audio for download and an interesting article that closes with this:
To today's listener, Scriabin still touches nerves of esthetic beauty. Both consciously and unconsciously he explored the furtherest reaches of musical possibility. He was one of the strangest phenomena that ever existed in music, and he returns to us again and again.

Ashkenazy plays the Black Mass Sonata:

Horowitz plays Sonata no. 10:

More here, including a 1910 recording of Scriabin playing his own Patetico Etude in D# minor.

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