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Scriabin: Le Poème de l'extase/Piano Concerto/Prométhée [Import]

Alexander Scriabin , Pierre Boulez , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , Chicago Symphony Chorus , Anatol Ugorski Audio CD
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  • Performer: Anatol Ugorski
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Alexander Scriabin
  • Audio CD (30 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B00000JLEP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Scriabin: Le Poème de l'Extase, Op.54Pierre Boulez22:01£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20 - 1. AllegroAnatol Ugorski 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20 - 2. AndanteAnatol Ugorski 8:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20 - 3. AllegroAnatol Ugorski10:45£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Scriabin: Promethée - Le Poème du Feu, Op.60Anatol Ugorski22:54£2.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars great showcase for Scriabin 6 May 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Personally I love this disc, which seems to take in three aspects of Scriabin's musical personality, even though it is clear they are part of the same world. The Piano Concerto receives a wonderfully sensitive performance by Anatol Ugorski who floats the phrases with the most evanescent gleam on the sound. What an underrated work it is - surely one of the best of the modern era, to rank alongside Ravel ... I can't understand why it isn't in the standard repertory but it does give a special thrill to its discovery. The Poem of Ecstasy has fared rather better and presents a superb ripeness of orchestral texture. It is rapt from the opening bar and remains in its rarefied, expressionistic world throughout, very well caught by Boulez and the Chicago Symphony. Prometheus is a rather darker, more discordant version of the same thing, suggesting a gloomier, murky abstract canvas while at the same time having a rather clearer programmatic meaning that is none too pleasant but haunting even if we try to resist. The sounds in this piece are amazing, as if it comes from a very strange place, one that we are all the richer for having passed close to, even if we can't describe what we've seen ... It's one of those amazing piano concertante works a bit like Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain or Szymanowski's Symphonie Concertante: visionary works that give full reign to the imagination ...
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The "Poeme de l'extase" (1908) comes across here like an impressionistic water-piece, with undulating figures forming the "backbone" (no, not the best word for a watery piece, but the best I can do!), in greatly varied orchestral guises, but often with the solo violin and solo flute rising out of aural mix to lovely effect, At times it sounds like a blend of early Schoenberg, with some gestures towards dissonance, and Tchaikovsky, but as it builds to what seem to me its climaxes (at approximately 9:00, 14:45, and 20:00 minutes), these moves (which never altogether lose the basic undulant character) are introduced by solo trumpet figures, with heavier brass to follow, until, in the final one, there seems to be some tubular bells in the mix, and a touch of Mussorgsky's "Pictures" comes to mind. The whole thing hangs together very well, and it's played with great refinement here. Is it too languorous? Maybe . . . there was a moment or two when I felt Boulez was going to cut loose with Stravinskian energy, but it never quite came. Still, a very nice performance.

The Piano Concerto comes across as the earlier piece that it is (c.1896)-- it is richly orchestrated, but a good deal of the piano writing is of a Chopinesque delicacy. The music moves by quite short motifs rather than extended melodic themes, and the piano and orchestra are collaborators rather than combatants. Ugorski's playing is lucid and beautiful throughout, and the highlight of the piece is the lovely middle movement, where the orchestra does most of the thematic work and opens and closes on a lovely melodic passage, while the piano winds its way around the orchestral material.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Low voltage Scriabin 1 Oct 2006
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Himself a phenomenal pianist, Scriabin arrived to the same twelve-note scale harbour as his austrian contemporary Schoenberg had but from an altogether different route, as he devised a "system" of "piling up" fourth-interval chords instead of going the Schoenberg way from melody itself. I'm not sure if the one was aware or not of the other's work but Schoenberg had followers that extended his work and methods whereas Scriabin did not and thereby his proposals remained undeveloped further, a sort of dead end. For the listener, Scriabin's works will sound far more "tonal" than the austrian's but if you study the scores closely you'll end up more or less in the same place although with the russian's apportation permeated with a strong emotional element that is generally absent from Schoenberg's techniques (but to which Berg would introduce most effectively a few decades later).

When I came across this CD I was puzzled, for I had the impression that Scriabin's language would prove as alien to Boulez as would be, say, Richard Strauss' (although I'd be quite interested in hearing what he could do with Salome or Elektra, especially with the latter), more so in the case of the early, chopinesque Piano Concerto. And in the end, my impressions were confirmed albeit with an unexpected twist. This is very well recorded and with top playing by Ugorski and the Chicago Orchestra, Scriabin, but in the end a low-voltage Scriabin. Boulez seems more interested in the two later works and sounds more convincing in the "Poem of Fire", than in the rest of the disc's programme, making this most intriguing of Scriabin's works sound even Webern-esque (and indeed one wonders where Scriabin would have arrived to had he lived longer).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Boulez Performance 7 Aug 2002
By Paul Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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In the absence of the availability of the Ashkenazy recording of these same works on the London CD label (I am a "library listener" right now!), I finally had a chance to listen to and study these orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin. I found myself feeling impressed.
Many critics and detractors constantly point out the overly analytical aspect of Pierre Boulez's musical interpretations, a fact he himself admitted to. However, I think that his thoughtfulness, knowledge of orchestral sonorities, attention to detail and architecture, and striving for perfection make for crisp, warm, and full-bodied interpretations.
The "Poem of Ecstasy" is performed with clarity, attention to detail, and an air of mystery. Boulez's French background give this piece an overall sound and feeling that recalls his recording of "Daphnis et Chloe," by Maurice Ravel. The trumpet plays with excellent tone and clarity. The strings seem to balance well with the rest of the orchestra. Perhaps there is too much of a feeling of Ravel and Debussy in this piece, but I find the interpretation very convincing. The final orchestral climax is most impressive, indeed!
Next, I found myself enjoying the collaboration of Anatol Ugorski and Boulez in the Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor and the "Poem of Fire." Ugorski plays with beauty, sensitivity, and crystalline clarity. He is an accomplished virtuoso pianist. Ugorski's playing shows the strong connection with Scriabin and his reverence for the piano music of Frederic Chopin. The orchestra gives a performance full of precision and the attention to detail that never escapes Boulez.
The "Poem of Fire" is even more mysterious and evocative to me than the "Poem of Ecstasy." One can hear the increase of fourth chords, augmented chords, whole tone scales, and tritone modulations that give Scriabin's sound world its unique sonorities. Once again, Ugorski gives a wonderfully detailed, evocative performance, and Boulez gives an outstanding accompaniment. The sound quality of this CD is absolutely outstanding!
Overall, I understand that the Ashkenazy recording of these works is the definitive performance and recording of them, but one cannot go far wrong with this CD. If you can overlook the "Frenchness" of this interpretation and don't mind thoughtful, analytical music-making, this CD is well worth your money and time investment.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low voltage Scriabin. 20 Jun 2005
By Plaza Marcelino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Himself a phenomenal pianist, Scriabin arrived to the same twelve-note scale harbour as his austrian contemporary Schoenberg had but from an altogether different route, as he devised a "system" of "piling up" fourth-interval chords instead of going the Schoenberg way from melody itself. I'm not sure if the one was aware or not of the other's work but Schoenberg had followers that extended his work and methods whereas Scriabin had not. For the listener, Scriabin's works will sound far more "tonal" than the austrian's but if you study the scores closely you'll end up more or less in the same place although with the russian's apportation permeated with a strong emotional element that is generally absent from Schoenberg's techniques (but to which Berg would introduce most effectively a few decades later).

When I came across this CD I was puzzled, for I had the impression that Scriabin's language would prove as alien to Boulez as would be, say, Richard Strauss' (although I'd be quite interested in hearing what he could do with Salome or Elektra, especially with the latter), more so in the case of the early, chopinesque Piano Concerto. And in the end, my impressions were confirmed albeit with an unexpected twist. This is very well recorded and with top playing by Ugorski and the Chicago Orchestra, Scriabin, but in the end a low-voltage Scriabin. Boulez seems more interested in the two later works and sounds more convincing in the "Poem of Fire", than in the rest of the disc's programme, making this most intriguing of Scriabin's works sound even Webern-esque (and indeed one wonders where Scriabin would have arrived to had he lived longer).

For me Boulez is less effective in the piano-less "Poem of Ecstasy", with the Piano Concerto's results somewhere in between. The "Poem of Ecstasy" sounds uninvolved, distant and somewhat "hammered into" that really assimilated. The inner energy the composer welded into the score is rarely present and the powerful climax called for never really conforms to what is written down, an ecstasy that stalled midway so to speak. As I said, the concerto fares better and receives a handsome performance from Ugorski but in the end fails to convince wholly and makes you refer to other versions in your collection, better consubstantiated with its style and atmospehere.

A mixed bag, then, but an useful modern vehicle for three works from a composer that deserves far more diffusion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Boulez meets fiery Scriabin 16 April 2002
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this disc (which to be fair, has received very mixed comments). Boulez, with his typical focus on clarity, tackles this volcanic composer's overheated music with compelling results. It's not the only way to play Scriabin -- some may prefer a more overtly emotional thrust -- but it works.
The fabulous Chicago Symphony sounds thrilling, with the gleaming brass dominating but not overpowering the dense textures. I especially like this version of "Prometheus," which includes the choral part - here sung by the excellent Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Other versions may sound "more Russian" or be more passionate, but the approach here works on its own glittery, crystalline terms.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible music 6 April 2009
By B. Kemper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
To be honest, I probably needn't bother with writing this: anyone looking at recordings of Scriabin's music knows that he was a genius (a bit bizarre personally, but a genius). So just in case you need a bit of prompting here: this is amazing, deep music. Not a lot of hummable tunes, but if you are looking here, you probably aren't that interested in hummable tunes anyway. Whether you are a fan of Scriabin's or not, buy this and listen to it multiple times. It is beautiful, deep, dark, a bit twisted, and just plain amazing.
4.0 out of 5 stars tender Scriabin -- does it need a bit more oomph? 29 Aug 2014
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The "Poeme De L'Extase" (1908) comes across here like an impressionistic water-piece, with undulating figures forming the "backbone" (no, not the best word for a watery piece, but the best I can do!), in greatly varied orchestral guises, but often with the solo violin and solo flute rising out of aural mix to lovely effect, At times it sounds like a blend of early Schoenberg, with some gestures towards dissonance, and Tchaikovsky, but as it builds to what seem to me its climaxes (at approximately 9:00, 14:45, and 20:00 minutes), these moves (which never altogether lose the basic undulant character) are introduced by solo trumpet figures, with heavier brass to follow, until, in the final one, there seems to be some tubular bells in the mix, and a touch of Mussorgsky's "Pictures" comes to mind. The whole thing hangs together very well, and it's played with great refinement here. Is it too languorous? Maybe . . . there was a moment or two when I felt Boulez was going to cut loose with Stravinskian energy, but it never quite came. Still, a very nice performance.

The Piano Concerto comes across as the earlier piece that it is (c.1896)-- it is richly orchestrated, but a good deal of the piano writing is of a Chopinesque delicacy. The music moves by quite short motifs rather than extended melodic themes, and the piano and orchestra are collaborators rather than combatants. Ugorski's playing is lucid and beautiful throughout, and the highlight of the piece is the lovely middle movement, where the orchestra does most of the thematic work and opens and closes on a lovely melodic passage, while the piano winds its way around the orchestral material. The first and third movements are as well played, but less memorable in the impression they leave, and in this recording, I felt at times that the orchestra needed to be more present in the aural picture, not to the piano's diminution but precisely because their parts seem so intimately related. Overall -- as with the "Poeme De L'Extase" -- the effect was of tenderness, an effect perhaps more appropriate to the spirit of this piece than the "Poeme."

"Promethee" is a woolier piece than the others, requiring the full Romantic orchestra as well as a pianist (Ugorski again) and a wordless Chorus. As with the concerto, I felt that that the orchestral presence could have been better -- it all comes at one from a distance, not so great that the textures can't be savored, but still . . . I didn't find the piece itself particularly compelling, though the playing by all concerned seemed fine. Unlike the "Poeme," it came across as a series of "special effects" though one does realise that that there is shape to it, but not finally a highly interesting one -- to my ears at least.
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