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Scriabin: The Complete Preludes of Alexander Scriabin

Piers Lane , Alexander Scriabin Audio CD
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  • Performer: Piers Lane, Alexander Scriabin
  • Composer: Alexander Scriabin
  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000058UUX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude in B major Op. 2 No. 2
2. Prelude for the Left Hand in C sharp Minor Op. 9 No. 1
3. Twenty-Four Preludes Op. 11
4. Six Preludes Op. 13
5. Five Preludes Op. 15
6. Five Preludes Op. 16
Disc: 2
1. Seven Preludes Op. 17
2. Four Preludes Op.22
3. Two Preludes Op. 27
4. Four Preludes Op. 31
5. Four Preludes Op. 33
6. Three Preludes Op. 35
7. Four Preludes Op.37
8. Four Preludes Op. 39
9. Prelude in E Flat Major Op. 45 No.3
10. Four Preludes Op. 48
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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More than two hours of preludes--90 in all--may seem too much of a good thing, but put on these discs and you are swiftly drawn into Scriabin's fascinating sound world. The preludes make a long journey from the 1889 of Op.2 No.2 to the 1914 of Op.74, and it is one which constantly captivates. There could be no better opener to this Pandora's Box than that first work of 1889--just a few bars long, but a delightful, gentle taster of what is to come. Scriabin the miniaturist is in his element with this music, and while he is a master of beguiling the ear with beautifully written lyrical material, he never falls into the trap of sameness. You don't get too settled with hypnotically relaxing preludes before he offers a grand wake-up call or cranks up the tempo to exhilarate and enthral. Piers Lane is easily the master of all this, his understated playing of the quieter material particularly pleasing. You get the sense this music is in his blood, and indeed this is his second Scriabin marathon for Hyperion, following "The Complete Etudes" recorded some years ago. The preludes have been well worth waiting for. --Keith Clarke

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and clear Scriabin. 9 Jun 2010
By MG
I didn't hear Scriabin like this ever before. It's simply perfect. Piers Lane is superb and precise. He's one of a few performers who embarked on recording this difficult composer. The CD has a nice booklet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth & Colorful Scriabin 5 Jun 2001
By Hank Drake - Published on Amazon.com
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Complete editions of Scriabin are exceedingly rare, even during the age of the CD glut. Piers Lane has previously recorded the complete Etudes, and this 2-CD set is a welcome addition to the catalogue.
Lane is more than up to the task technically and musically. Scriabin's often treacherous left-hand writing is played with clarity and color, and Lane's phrasing is natural sounding. What Lane lacks is the last ounce of temperament, which this music requires in abundance. The diabolical quality which Horowitz and Gavrilov bring to some of these pieces is missing. However, this is a fine set of the Preludes, which range in mood from Chopinesque to apocalyptic.
Recorded sound is a bit too reverberant, but acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance 5 April 2006
By J. A. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
As an amateur pianist of moderate+ ability, I have often struggled with many of the Scriabin preludes, both from a technical and an interpretive viewpoint. However, I always found them worth the effort. Unfortunately, there haven't been too many recordings of these (other than the op. 11, of which I have very good LPs of Ruth Laredo and Vladamir Horowitz), so I was entirely on my own for the later pieces.

How wonderful it was to find this recording of the complete preludes! I must disagree with the earlier reviewer that Lane is lacking; I thought these were fine performances (I can also highly recommend his recording of the complete etudes).
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Preludes for Piano 27 Jan 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Complete Preludes for Piano is a Hyperion Records recording from 2000 starring pianist Piers Lane. Mr Lane plays with intense passion and I feel that he truly understands the music of Scriabin. Simon Nicholls has written the music notes and also included is a short biography of Mr. Lane. A very beautiful painting is on the cover. A very good choice. A very enjoyable recording indeed. I loved it. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and lacking the passion 15 Sep 2005
By Gideon Pisanty - Published on Amazon.com
I listened to the beautiful set of the Op. 11 preludes, and what a disappointment! Lane simply loses it all. He has no feeling for the passion inherent in this music of a genius.
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