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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential collection, 10 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
Some of the best performances...
the 7th is incredible
combine this with Laredo's and you won't need much more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deepest grounds and highest tops!, 13 Mar 2011
This review is from: Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
Scriabin's musical world is like his philosophy a compendium of human life in all it's shapes.
These are not only piano pieces or sonatas! Take the sonatas from the 5th on and you have a sheer cosmos of feelings, leading you from heaven to hell and vice versa ...
Roberto Szidon can put all this into hearable reality! I heard these recordings first when I was 14 years old, shortly after their publication in the early 70ies. Since then I never could stop admiring neither Scriabin's world of music nor the incomparable way Mr. Szidon plays it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Grand Performance!, 6 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
Robert Szidon's Titanic rendition of Scriabin's music is unconventional and very powerful with much emphasis on the megalomaniac vision of the composer himself. You either love it or hate it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic and driven, 13 Dec 2008
This review is from: Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
As a teenager in the '70s I was thrilled by Szidon's accounts of the sonatas as well as rather taken by DG's psychedelic covers. I have only the vinyl versions but have heard many other recordings of the ten sonatas. And of course you do need to compare Szidon with Ashkenazy, Hamelin, Ponti, Ogdon, Sudbin, and Trpceski (for the 5th).

Since first writing this review, I have thought more about my preference for Szidon. It seems to me he has a fluid lyricism that gives shape and line to the sonatas which is lacking in the technically-focused hanmmerings of some of his peers. If you do want a more recent (and better recorded) performance of the sonatas possessing many of the virtues of Szidon, consider Hakon Austbo's set.

One reviewer has suggested that Szidon is 'irresponsible and wreckless' to which I say, that is part of the excitement of these "megalomaniac" performances. Szidon captures the measured and the excessive play of darkness and light Scriabin variously demands. Szidon converts printed notes into a materiality of sonic force and takes us to the edge of Sciabin's ecstatic ambitions.
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