01/29/16

Alexander Scriabin – Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20

Published in 1898, the Piano Concerto (October 1896–April 1897), Scriabin’s first work to involve orchestra, was first heard in public at a concert in Odessa on 23 October 1897, conducted by Safonov with the composer himself as soloist. Reaction was mixed. Rimsky-Korsakov and St Petersburg could only find negative things to say. Yuli Engel and Moscow, on the other hand, welcomed it. So, too, did London. Of one performance, given by Scriabin with Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall in March 1914, the critic of The Musical Times remarked: ‘Here there are no harmonic problems to embarrass the uninitiated. Much of the music makes its immediate appeal to anyone sensitive to beauty. To say that much of it is Chopinesque is to give it praise.’

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06/3/11

Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
Iv. Allegro

Excerpt from the 1st Movement:
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Lynn Harrell (Cello); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)

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07/17/10

Alexander Scriabin – 10 Piano Sonatas

Alexander Scriabin

One by one
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor Sonata Fantasy, Op. 19
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Piano Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp major The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 53
Piano Sonata No. 6 in G major, Op. 62
Piano Sonata No. 7 in F-sharp major White Mass Sonata, Op. 64, Op. 19
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 66
Piano Sonata No. 9 in F major Black Mass Sonata, Op. 68
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major Trill, Op. 70

Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)

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